Get your degree from one of the nation’s top funeral home management programs.

Funeral home professionals play a life-affirming role—and this spirit animates Mount Ida College’s Funeral Home Management Program. One of the country’s most prestigious venues for the study of death and dying, our four-year funeral home management degree combines hands-on mortuary science training with a broad education in the business and human aspects of funeral home management. You’ll cultivate interpersonal skills, studying in small classes that promote interaction and communication. And you’ll learn from distinguished faculty in one of the nation’s oldest and most widely respected funeral home management schools.

The Funeral Service Education program and the Funeral Home Management program at Mount Ida College are accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 3414 Ashland Avenue, Suite G, St. Joseph, Missouri 64506 (816) 233-3747. Web: The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for the institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the American Board of Funeral Service website. To request a printed copy of this program’s scores and rates, go to the Department of Funeral Service Education, New England Institute, Suite No. 10, or by e-mail at or by telephone at 617-928-4714.

One of the nation’s few four-year degrees in funeral home management, Mount Ida’s degree program offers the practical training you’d get in a standard two-year mortuary science program. You’ll develop skills in embalming and restorative art, and will become eligible for examination by the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards after two years in the Funeral Home Management Program. During your additional two years you will continue on to learn the business aspect of funeral home management, developing industry-specific expertise in areas such as:

  • Business operations
  • Community outreach
  • Legal and regulatory guidelines
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing and business communication

During a one-semester internship in the senior year, you’ll work in a funeral home and gain valuable professional experience while earning credits toward the funeral home management degree.

Mount Ida also offers plenty of benefits outside the classroom, with a diverse student population, a vibrant campus, and a beautiful New England setting. You’ll enjoy all the fun and friendship of a traditional college experience, while gaining the specialized skills you need to provide an essential service and build a career in an important profession.

Core courses in the funeral home management degree focus on the science and ritual of funeral direction. You’ll take a series of courses in embalming, restorative art, pathology and related sciences.

You’ll also get an education in bereavement and grief, drawing on courses in psychology, literature, communications and other traditional subjects.

The funeral home management degree requires 122 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 59 credits in funeral service (including embalming) and bereavement
  • 18 credits in related business and science courses
  • 39 credits in arts, sciences and humanities
  • 6 credits in open electives

Program Aims

The central aim of the Funeral Home Management program is recognition of funeral service personnel as:

  • Members of the human services profession;
  • Members of the community in which they serve;
  • Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession;
  • Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines (in the geographic area where they practice) as well as;
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspectives, the objectives of the Funeral Home Management Program are :

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession;
  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession;
  • To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large;
  • To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct;
  • To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction;
  • To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.


  • Jeff E. Megna – Associate Professor, Department Chair
  • Sarah Stopyra – Instructor
  • John W. Bresnahan –Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Steven Rocco – Adjunct Faculty
  • Diane Moran – Adjunct Faculty
  • Elizabeth Mearkle-Cumming – Adjunct Faculty
  • Eileen Kern – Adjunct Faculty
  • Dan Shea – Adjunct Faculty
  • Liang Ding – Adjunct Faculty

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science Degree in Funeral Home Management, passing the National Board Examination, completing your required apprenticeship and State licensing requirements, you may be eligible for licensure as a funeral director and embalmer in many states.


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