Prerequisite Requirements


In order to be eligible for admission, students must complete (or have in progress) the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or better:

  • Financial Accounting (3 credit)
  • Human Anatomy (3 credit)
  • General Biology w/ a Lab (4 credit)
  • General Chemistry w/ a Lab (4 credit)
  • Freshman Composition (3 credit)
  • Statistics (3 credit)
  • General Psychology (3 credit)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3 credit)
  • Interpersonal Communication (3 credit)
  • Personal & Community Health**
  • Medical Terminology**
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Complete or have in progress a minimum of 60 transferable credits with grades of C- or better.

**These courses are not prerequisite requirements but they are Program of Mortuary Science degree requirements. It is recommended that students complete these courses before starting the Program.

For Current University of Minnesota Students

For Current University of Minnesota Students

Please visit the University of Minnesota undergraduate catalog for more information on prerequisite courses and to view a sample plan.

For transfer students

For transfer students

Many universities, four-year colleges, and community colleges offer courses that may be transferred into the program. We strongly urge you to contact our program for counsel regarding prerequisite course planning issues.

Students completing their prerequisite course at a college or university that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system are advised to complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) before transferring to the Program.

The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum fulfills most of the University of Minnesota's Liberal Education requirements, with the exception of the Writing Intensive requirement. Students who do not complete the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or are transferring from a college or university outside the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will have each transfer course evaluated individually to determine completion of the University of Minnesota's Liberal Education requirements.

Check if your courses will transfer to the University of Minnesota.

Have you already completed a similar course?

Have you already completed a similar course?

Do you need to take a class a second time?

If you have already completed a course required of the major (e.g. Business Law), you do not need to take the course a second time. However, we will require you to submit a course waiver petition form, along with the course syllabus, for any class for which you may seek exemption. Petitions are reviewed monthly by program faculty, and a decision is given before the start of the academic term.

Will your coursework be accepted towards your admission and degree completion requirements?

If you have questions about whether coursework that you have already taken would be accepted towards your admission and degree completion requirements for our program, please fax or email us copies of your transcripts. our program will do an unofficial audit of your previous coursework for pre-admission advising purposes. Official evaluations are done by the Office of Admissions once a student is accepted into a degree program.

For someone with an associate's degree in mortuary science

For someone with an associate's degree in mortuary science

If you have already earned an associate’s degree in mortuary science, you are not able to apply to complete a bachelor’s degree in mortuary science from our program.

Of the 120 semester credits that are needed to complete the typical baccalaureate degree, we require approximately 60 credits within major-theme coursework at the 3000 level. The remaining 60 credits are typically distributed over a variety of liberal arts theme areas, such as social sciences, humanities, cultural diversity, etc. Because the university does not accept credits from trade or technical schools, coursework earned from these institutions cannot be used to fulfill requirements of the major.

People who have earned an associate’s degree in mortuary science, and wish to continue their education at a higher level are advised to pursue a baccalaureate degree in an area of relevant interest, such as psychology, sociology, biology, theology, business administration, etc. If carefully planned, one can usually transfer from an associate degree program to a baccalaureate degree program, and finish the latter degree in two years.

When considering a program of mortuary science with the goal of continued academic study at the baccalaureate level or higher, prospective students are strongly advised to make sure the institution they choose to attend maintains regional accreditation from the appropriate accrediting agency. For example, some colleges and universities will not offer transfer credit(s) for coursework taken at certain technical, vocation, or community colleges. Always make sure the courses you take will be accepted for credit at the institution of intended transfer before registering for any class. Always be sure to get confirmation of transferability of credits in writing from the receiving institution before you take a course at a different institution.

Ready to apply?

Contact the Office of Admissions if you plan to complete your prerequisite requirements at the University of Minnesota.


For information on degree requirements and program curriculum

Contact us

We are here to help. Contact us to request a consultation or to have questions answered about:

  • Prequisite requirements
  • Applying
  • Transferring
  • Past coursework
  • Existing degrees

Molly Diethelm
Fax: 612-626-4163