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Educating the future of funeral service.

How long are mortuary science programs?

You must complete a two- or four-year degree program in mortuary science to become a funeral director in most states.

Are there any scholarships available to help with the costs of earning a degree?

YES! The Funeral Service Foundation currently administers five annual scholarships to students of funeral service.

Where can I find a mortuary science program?

The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) maintains this directory of its accredited schools. The ABFSE is the national accrediting agency of mortuary science programs in the United States as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

The ABFSE’s website   offers more insight into the accreditation process. You can also contact ABFSE directly at:

American Board of Funeral Service Education

3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Phone: (816) 233-3747
Email: exdir@abfse.org

What does coursework entail?

Generally, mortuary science programs include coursework in:

  • Public health and technical skills
  • Business management
  • Social sciences/humanities
  • Legal, ethical and regulatory affairs

Many programs also include an internship component.

What if there isn’t a program located near me?

More and more mortuary science programs are offering some or all of their courses online or through distance learning. Contact the schools directly to learn if online/distance learning is available.

*Please note that while more and more funeral service programs offer online coursework, all have some degree of on-campus requirements related to mortuary science skills and lab work as required for accreditation