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.

How to Select a Funeral Directing School

Funeral directors advise family members on the details of funerals and memorial services, often handling logistical issues such as setting dates and times, greeting mourners and organizing funeral processions.

Consider the following also when looking for funeral directing schools:

  • Prospective students must first consider whether they wish to pursue a 2- or 4-year degree in a mortuary science program, the typical degree earned by funeral directors.
  • They 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.

10 Schools with Funeral Directing Programs

College/UniversityInstitution Type
Miami Dade College 4-year, Public
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 4-year, Public
American River College 2-year, Public
St. Petersburg College 4-year, Public
Tidewater Community College 2-year, Public
Florida Community College at Jacksonville 2-year, Public
Mesa Community College 2-year, Public
San Antonio College 2-year, Public
Nassau Community College 2-year, Public
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 4-year, Public

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