Mortuary Science & Funeral Service | School of Allied Health | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Applied Sciences and Arts

Mortuary Science Students

Mortuary Science & Funeral Service

The Bachelor’s degree program in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service is the ONLY one of its kind offered at a public university within the state of Illinois. Our program is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education. Students graduating from our program meet the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation licensing requirements. SIU's Mortuary Science and Funeral Service degree is recognized by other state boards as well.

Our Mission Statement

The Mortuary Science and Funeral Service program mission is to challenge students to achieve academic and professional excellence; prepare students for entry level positions in the funeral service profession; provide quality instruction in keeping with current trends in the profession; cultivate and maintain excellent relations with local, state, and national organizations; enhance university and community relations; and work toward the continued improvement of the Mortuary Science and Funeral Service program as an ongoing process.

The goals of our program are:

  • Providing a quality learning environment by maintaining high program standards and offer opportunities to network with individuals and entities within the profession.
  • Offering students a challenging and rewarding academic curriculum to enable them to fulfill their potential in theory, practice and management of funeral service.
  • Security and retaining faculty with experience in education and the funeral service field and providing them with opportunities to attend local, state, and national meetings; encouraging their membership and participation in funeral service organizations; assuring they add to the body of knowledge of funeral service literature.
  • Contributing to the University's growth by developing, maintaining and participating in community activities.
  • Assessing our degree requirements and the allocation of credit hours to ensure they are consistent and conform with the accreditation requirements of the American Board of Funeral Service Education.

Our program objectives benefit students and the profession as we seek to provide:

  • A quality baccalaureate level mortuary science and funeral service education for our students.
  • An advanced educational pathway for associate degree or certificate graduates of mortuary science and funeral service programs.
  • Advanced techniques, skills and knowledge for our students in areas benefitting the funeral service profession.
  • The necessary skills that enable our graduates to plan, implement, and manage/own a funeral establishment.
  • The professional services skills required by any state licensing board.
  • Good preparation so that upon graduation our students may participate in the development and implementation of solutions in the health care area.
  • The basic knowledge regarding compliance of laws at the state and federal levels, as well as with those of other regulatory agencies pertaining to funeral service practices, public health, and the profession.
  • Solid preparation so our future funeral directors/embalmers have a strong background in social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, communication and mortuary sciences and can ethically apply this knowledge in all situations.
  • The sought-after funeral directors/embalmers to meet the employment needs of Southern Illinois, the state of Illinois and the country.
  • Encouragment for our students to continue their professional growth through continuing education and research following graduation.