Advanced certificate program in thanatology
HEGIS code 2104.10
NYS SED program code 30468

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The advanced certificate in thanatology presents foundational and advanced knowledge in the areas of death, dying, and bereavement. The program is designed to provide training for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree and are working with, or interested in working with, the dying and the bereaved or for individuals who have completed a master's degree and are seeking further training. In addition, the program will allow practitioners to meet professional continuing education requirements to maintain existing licenses or certifications. The program is designed to conform to the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) certification requirements for those persons interested in becoming certified or maintaining their certification in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement. The advanced certificate can be completed fully online, though not all thanatology courses in the program are offered online.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Wong, Tracy Program Director 718.951.5000 x6287 4135 Ingersoll Hall tracy.wong @ Email for appointments


Admission Requirements

Department Health and Nutrition Sciences
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Pease contact Dr. Tracy Wong for information (


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


Course description
Brooklyn College students matriculated in related graduate degree programs may be admitted to the advanced certificate and earn both their graduate degree and the certificate, applying 12 credits to both programs of study.

Matriculation requirements
Applicants must present a baccalaureate degree with at least a 3.00 GPA in the major and a minimum 2.85 overall GPA in 18 credits of acceptable health- or thanatology-related courses; courses in health and nutrition sciences, philosophy, psychology, sociology, biology, anthropology, chaplaincy, and counseling may meet this 18 credit matriculation requirement. Students matriculated in related graduate programs at Brooklyn College may be admitted and earn this advanced certificate in addition to the graduate degree they are pursuing. Professional development courses offered by recognized associations may also be used to meet the requirement for health- or thanatology-related coursework. Applicants must have experience in a related field.
Certificate requirements
Fifteen credits are required for the advanced certificate. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.00. No more than two courses with a grade below B may be offered toward the completion of the certification requirements.

Students must complete Health and Nutrition Sciences 7175X, 7180X, 7186X, 7187X. The remaining 6 credits are elective courses chosen in consultation with the program director from the following: Health and Nutrition Sciences 7181X, 7182X, 7183X, 7184X, 7185X, 7188X, 7901X. Other elective graduate courses may be substituted with the approval of the program director.

All courses within the advanced certificate program are currently offered as part of the Brooklyn College Master of Arts in Community Health as well. Credits earned toward the certificate are applied to the master's degree for those certificate students who successfully apply to the master's program. In turn, master's students in related degree programs at Brooklyn College can obtain the advanced certificate in thanatology