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MS in Mental Health & Wellness - Grief & Bereavement

The Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an emphasis in Grief and Bereavement program at Grand Canyon University offers students a chance to learn more about helping others respond to grief and loss. Read on for more information about this online program that's taught from a Christian perspective.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement program may be well suited for students with an interest in wellness, mental health, and grief who wish to provide care to others from a Christian point-of-view. Students in this program will need to be comfortable with the grieving process and working with those who have lost a loved one. Applicants to all Grand Canyon University's master's programs must show completion of an accredited bachelor's degree program; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement program is designed to help students understand how to promote health and wellness to those who have experienced the grief of losing a loved one. When working through this program, students will have the chance to study the many foundations of how we experience grief, the grief process, end-of-life issues, and the mental health and wellness practice as a whole. Methods to encourage wellness and address the mental health challenges faced during a loss from a Christian standpoint are part of the curriculum as well. This program also includes a capstone course that completes the program.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

34 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement

When enrolled in this program, students are required to complete 34 credits of courses, which includes five mental health and wellness courses and four courses from the emphasis area. Degree programs and course options are subject to change. Be sure to contact Grand Canyon University before enrolling in any programs.

Core Requirements (18 credits)

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Liberal Arts
  • Introduction to Mental Health and Wellness
  • Ethics and Cultural Diversity in Mental Health and Wellness
  • Mental Health, Wellness, and Health Care Integration
  • Mental Health and Wellness Capstone

Emphasis Courses (16 credits)

  • Grief and Bereavement Theory and Practice
  • Journey of the Bereaved
  • Death and Dying
  • Death and Dying: The Influences of Cultural, Spiritual, and Sociological Factors

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who graduate from this master's program and wish to further their education may be interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in a related field. These might include grief counseling, psychology or human services. Having an advanced degree may open up opportunities in leadership or administrative positions, provide greater employment mobility, or prepare them for licensure.

Doctoral degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Doctor of Psychology in Grief Counseling
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies with an emphasis in Grief Counseling
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services

Career Paths:

Graduates of this program will learn the skills and theory that may help them find work providing their grief and bereavement expertise. Students may be able to seek mental health specialist positions that does not require licensure, where they provide end-of-life services and assist others in optimizing mental health during a time of loss. Positions could be found in places such as:

  • Churches
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Hospice facilities
  • Social service agencies

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