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Online Mortuary Science and Funeral Service Degree Completion Program

Are you a licensed funeral director and embalmer with an A.A.S. degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service?

Are you interested in completing your Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service – all ONLINE?

The School of Allied Health’s online Mortuary Science and Funeral Service degree completion program was designed with working funeral directors and embalmers in mind, and we are happy to work with you to create a custom plan that will work for you. All required coursework can be complete in as little as two academic years, depending on transfer credits and the pace of the student.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

This online Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service degree requires an A.A.S. degree in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service.

APPLYING

To apply for the online B.S. in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service degree completion program, first apply to SIU. You will then submit the Degree Completion Application Form  and work with our academic advisor to discuss your degree completion path.

PROGRAM FORMAT

The online B.S. in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service degree completion program is delivered in a modular format, structured to be completed by set deadlines. A team of instructors, teaching assistants, and program staff work to prepare and deliver course materials and provide support for you.

The University’s Morris Library provides information and support for distance education learning.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The Bachelors of Science degree completion program requires 120 credit hours.  Credits awarded from previous education will reduce the number of credit hours a student will be required to take.

CURRICULUM AND COURSES

The online Mortuary Science and Funeral Service degree completion program offers continuous enrollment, so students may begin the program’s course sequence at any time.  This is the MSFS degree completion program courses:

Falll Odd Years Spring Odd Years Summer Odd Years
*MSFS 270-2 Computers MSFS 355-3 Chemistry MSFS 375-4 Research
MSFS 352-3 Marketing MSFS 360-4 Advanced Embalming
Fall Even Years Spring Evan Years Summer Even Years
*MSFS 270-2 Computers MSFS 302-3 Color & Cosmetics MSFS 401-2 Counseling
MSFS 364-3 Cremation MSFS 351-4 Management
*(will not take if already taken the previous year)

Depending on a students educational background, they may be in need of some University Core Curriculum required courses.  Each student will be evaluated individually. 

Students will be required to meet the Senior Institution Credit Hour requirement.  A student must have 42 credit hours of 300/400 course work as part of their education.  A student will receive 26 credit hours from the MSFS degree completion courses.  For the remaining 16 credit hours, the student can take 300/400 UCC courses for the areas they are missing.  Those credits will apply to both the UCC area and apply the credits towards the Senior Institution Credit Hour requirement.  Each semester SIU offers many online UCC courses and each semester many of those UCC areas have 300/400 level courses offered in them.  The advisor can assist the student in finding courses to assist in completing these requirements.

Depending on where a student received their Mortuary Science education, the credit from that school may be directly accepted by SIU, or if the student received their education from an institution that SIU cannot directly accept the credit, the MSFS program can award credits for that education.  This will be completed by 259 Educational Credit.  The Academic Advisor will be able to tell you if it will be directly accepted or if they will have to do the 259 form.  Either way, in most instances credit can be awarded.

CAPSTONE

Capstone is a program that gives the student with an Associates of Applied Sciences Degree credit, and eliminates 4 UCC courses: English 102, 1-Humanity, Human Health, and Interdisciplinary.  This does not eliminate the total number of credit hours required for the BS degree, but it allows the student the option for course electives and areas of interest.  Each student will be evaluated individually.  

PROGRAM COSTS

The cost for the online B.S. in Mortuary Science and Funeral Service degree completion program is determined by SIU’s Off-Campus tuition and fee structure. Please refer to the Off-Campus Tuition and Fees Calculator for additional information. Some courses will require the purchase of textbooks or other materials.

Financial aid and scholarships may be available. Please visit the SIU Financial Aid website for more information.

CONTACT

Please contact either the program director or academic advisor with questions, or to apply for the program.

Anthony Fleege, Program Director, at (618) 453-5698 or splash@siu.edu.

Robert A. Broomfield, Allied Health Specialist, at (618) 453-7287 or broomr@siu.edu.  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

View the Undergraduate Catalog for more information about University policies and requirements.

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