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Funeral Directing Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Those interested in becoming funeral directors usually begin their educations studying the field of mortuary science. Accredited mortuary science associate's degrees are offered at over 50 community colleges, while only a few 4-year universities offer bachelor's degree programs.

An associate's degree in mortuary science or funeral service is the most common path to becoming a funeral director. Also available are funeral director certificates, which are often not accredited but are desirable in certain situations, and bachelor's degrees, which offer more in-depth study, but are rare.

Schools with Funeral Directing Programs

These schools have undergraduate programs in mortuary science or funeral science:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,790 in-state, $22,210 out-of-state
American River College Sacramento, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,104 in-state, $7,440 out-of-state
St. Petersburg College Clearwater, FL 4-year, Public Associate's $3,352 in-state, $11,607 out-of-state
Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA 2-year, Public Associate's $5,171 in-state, $11,009 out-of-state
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,830 in-state, $9,944 out-of-state
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ 2-year, Public Associate's $2,046 in-state, $7,830 out-of-state
San Antonio College San Antonio, TX 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,088 in-district, $5,550 in-state, $10,740 out-of-state
Nassau Community College Garden City, NY 2-year, Public Associate's $4,854 in-state, $9,388 out-of-state
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL 4-year, Public Bachelor's $13,137 in-state, $26,390 out-of-state

Sources: School websites, *National Center for Educational Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should consider the following when looking for funeral directing schools:

  • Prospective students must first consider whether they wish to pursue a certificate, a 2-year degree or a 4-year degree in a mortuary science program.
  • Students should choose a program that prepares them for the licensing exam offered by the state in which they intend to work.
  • Prospective funeral directors enrolled in a mortuary science program should look at school programs that emphasize not only the preparation elements of the field, such as embalming, restorative arts and chemistry, but also the psychological, legal and business aspects of funeral services.
  • Some programs offer internships or practicums in funeral homes, which helps students develop their skills and build their resumes.

Mortuary science programs are typically two years in length, and are available at community colleges and universities; certificates and four-year bachelor's programs are also available. Students should look for accredited programs that prepare them for state licensure, and internships may be beneficial as well.

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