New England Institute at Mount Ida College
Offering degrees in funeral service, funeral home management and bereavement studies, and continuing education through the National Center for Death Education (NCDE), the New England Institute (NEI) at Mount Ida College is arguably the most prestigious institution in the world for the study of death and dying.
What Makes NEI Unique?
Founded originally in 1893, the New England Institute (NEI) has a long and distinguished history, growing and changing as the role of the funeral director in the community has continued to evolve.
Over the course of the 20th century, funeral directors have come to serve as advisors, administrators, supporters and caregivers. As a result, funeral service professionals today must possess not only the technical knowledge to enter the field, but also the interpersonal skills to offer compassion to those in need and the business acumen become a leader in the industry and in the community.
That’s why NEI emphasizes the importance of a well-rounded education – exposing you to traditional liberal arts courses like Composition and Literature and Introduction to Psychology, as well as the specific industry-related courses required for licensure by the American Board of Funeral Service Education and the National Conference of Funeral Examining Boards of the United States.
As one of the oldest institutions in the country, NEI has always been known for its progressive approach to funeral service education. Our distinguished faculty is comprised of experts in the field, each of whom bring an in-depth knowledge of their respective disciplines. Plus, our state-of-the-art funeral service facility includes specialized training centers, classrooms and a large lecture hall.
Depending on your educational goals and educational background, you can choose to enroll in either a traditional associate degree program, one of two bachelor degree programs, or our new one-year accelerated track.
American Board of Funeral Service Education
The Funeral Service associate degree (FSS), the Funeral Home Management Degree (FNM), and the Bereavement Studies for Funeral Service (FBF) degree at the New England Institute 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 site: www.abfse.org. The annual passage rate of first-time takers on the National Board Examination (NBE) for the most recent three-year period for this institution and all ABFSE accredited funeral service education programs is posted on the ABFSE web site. There are now three NEI programs accredited by the ABFSE. The non-funeral service Bereavement Studies (FBS) degree is not accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education.