Admissions

Established in 1908 by the Regents of the University of Minnesota, the Program of Mortuary Science is one of the oldest and most comprehensive funeral service education programs in the country.

PRE-ADMISSIONS PLANNING

Recognizing that our students to come us with diverse educational backgrounds, we offer multiple degree-completion track options. We want to help you complete your degree on a timeframe that works best for you.

GETTING STARTED

Your academic plan will be determined in consultation with our advisers, and is based on a number of factors, including previously-completed coursework, and our degree requirements.  We require the successful completion of a minimum of 30 credits of college-level coursework for admission to the program.  We offer admission both Fall and Spring semesters.

REVIEW OF PREVIOUSLY-COMPLETED COURSEWORK

We encourage prospective students to contact us and request an informal audit of your previously-completed coursework.  We have a number of full- and part-time degree completion options to ensure maximum flexibility in planning your program schedule. We are happy to review your transcripts and recommend program track options for you.  

COMPLETING AN ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR TRANSFER ADMISSION

We understand that some of our students choose to pursue an Associate’s degree at a community college before applying to our program.  If you are considering this option, please contact our advisers as soon as possible so that we can provide you with information about required prerequisite coursework.  

We will let you know if we are able to accept credits from the college you wish attend prior to applying to the University. Our goal is to ensure a seamless transfer application process for you.  

An excellent resource for researching course transferability is: https://www.transferology.com/index.htm

ONE-YEAR ACCELLERATED TRACK OPTION

To better serve to needs of students who: a) have either already earned a baccalaureate degree, or who have completed three or more years of college education, and b) have completed our prerequisite requirements, we offer an accelerated, one-year track plan (September – August).  

Please be advised that students accepted into this track are required to attend the program full-time.  An advantage of this option is the ability to earn your degree from the University in one calendar year.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

We encourage you to reach out to us at any time for counsel about completing both prerequisite courses and /or associate-degree “pre-mortuary science” programs.  Our advisers can be reached at: mortsci@umn.edu

Our Environment

At the University of Minnesota, you can explore your major in the stimulating environment of the University of Minnesota's Medical School, with access to the resources of a major research university, which include other distinguished schools such as the Carlson School of Management and College of Education and Human Development.

Our Location

The Program is located in a vibrant urban setting, offering a rich student life experience. Our students have easy access to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, where they can experience diverse activities such as sports, arts, music, and other cultural and entertainment venues.

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