Planning

Our Mission

Funeral directors are health care professionals who serve others during a time of loss, pain and grief. The Program of Mortuary Science's mission is to skillfully combine the study of behavioral, physical and applied sciences for the goal of preparing graduates for careers as knowledgeable, skilled and innovative funeral service professionals. Program graduates will be prepared to serve bereaved members of their communities in a manner that is proficient, dignified and caring.

Why Students Chose Mortuary Science

  • “I was a social worker in a hospital, doing grief counseling and after care. Then, when my father died, I experienced the funeral service profession from the other side. The experience was really positive and had a great impact on me, and I realized this is what I’d like to go back to school for.” —Colleen V.
  • “I was a social worker in a hospital, doing grief counseling and after care. Then, when my father died, I experienced the funeral service profession from the other side. The experience was really positive and had a great impact on me, and I realized this is what I’d like to go back to school for.” —Colleen V.
  • “The rewards of helping people made me select Mortuary Science. It is a great career—there are so many good aspects to it and it offers so many options. Also, my family is involved with the funeral business and someday I would like to own my business.” —Jeff H.
  • “I chose to major in Mortuary Science because I was interested in doing something in the medical field. I also learned about the funeral services industry because my boy friend's father owns a funeral home. The more I learned about it, the more I realized that death is as much a part of life as birth is, and this is a field I’d like to work in.” —Amanda S.
  • “I decided to get into the Program of Mortuary Science after I experienced a personal loss. I realized that I wanted to help people during the hardest time in their lives—when they had no idea what to do. It is very rewarding to do something good for people in a time like this. Also, more and more women are getting into this field; they seem well-suited because care-giving and compassion come naturally to them.” —Shannon H.
  • "I was a Biology teacher for fifteen years; then I decided I wanted to do something else. I am a people-oriented person and I felt that being in the funeral services industry was one way I could help people and provide a valuable service to society." —Andy J.

Job Opportunites in Funeral Service

Licensed Funeral Director or Intern - Central MN

Schuller Family Funeral Homes, Wadena MN

Primary Arranger Funeral Director

Wulff Funeral Home, St Paul, Woodbury

Funeral Director

Daniel Funeral Homes, St. Cloud

Managing Funeral Director

Vertin Family Funeral Homes

News and Events

Robyn Meunier will join the Program of Mortuary Scinece as a Student Services Professional on Tuesday, March 1. Robyn succeeds Molly Diethelm, who served in this position for the past seven years, and has now left the University to work in the private sector.

2015 Alumnus of the Year

Dan Delmore

Congratulations to Dan Delmore, Class of 1976! Dan was chosen as the 2015 Program of Mortuary Science Alumnus of the Year. He was honored by the Alumni Society's Board for his outstanding contributions to the profession of funeral service.

The Richard Hurley Scholarship

richard hurley

The Hurley Family is pleased to establish the Richard P. Hurley Scholarship Fund to honor a lifetime commitment to funeral service. The first scholarship recipient was announced at the 2012 Commencement ceremony.