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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.

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Speed Interview Event

Speed Interview Event

Register today for the University of Minnesota Program of Mortuary Science "Speed Interview Event" for funeral directors and mortuary science students.
 
The purpose of this event is to give students enrolled in our Organization & Management of Funeral Business course the opportunity to practice using newly-acquired interview skills with funeral directors, as well as giving funeral directors who may be looking to hire an intern the opportunity to meet future graduates.

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Mortuary Science classrooms, 2-125 Jackson Hall, 321 Church St SE, Minneapolis, 55455.

It means a lot to students to have directors who work in the field take the time to attend and share their experiences and advice to aspiring morticians.  In order to provide our students with background information about the firms they will be interviewing with we have created a funeral home information survey.  We ask that all participating firms RSVP by completing this survey no later than Wednesday, February 6, 2019. This event will be limited to 30 practitioners so please RSVP as soon as possible. We will also have wait-list spaces available and time to mingle informally after the event.

**We will be sending all funeral homes who have RSVP'd student resumes between February 7th and 11th to give you some background information on the students who will be attending. 

**Complete the funeral home registration and information sheet now.

Program News: Update Michael LuBrant, Program Director

Program News: Update Michael LuBrant, Program Director

October 16, 2018

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe that we are now at semester midterm; it seems like just yesterday we were welcoming our new class at Orientation Day, and yet this past weekend we had our first snowfall (albeit a light one!).  We have been busy with a variety of events and activities, many of which are noted (with photographs) on our Facebook site.  If you have not yet “Friended” us on Facebook, please do so today so that you are kept up-to-date about events as they happen:  www.facebook.com/ummortsci.  What follows is a brief summary of some the things that have been happening on campus in our program this semester.

Beginning in August, I attended all four Minnesota Funeral Directors Association Regional District meetings.  Likewise, I participated in the Fall Arrowhead Funeral Directors Association meeting, which was held last week.  At these meetings, I discussed program updates, and distributed to attendees for placement in funeral homes informational brochure racks about exploring a career in funeral service.  We are working hard to provide practitioners with resources to promote both our Program, and also the profession of funeral service.  

Over September 18-20, we were visited by a Site Visit Team from the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), as part of our specialized reaccreditation process. The purpose of the visit is to ensure our Program’s compliance with our national accreditation Standards.  The visit went extremely well.  The Team noted numerous Program strengths in their report, which they shared with us during their exit meeting.  Significantly, no concerns were noted.

Last week, we hosted a student and practitioner pancake networking breakfast here on campus.  We had over 50 attendees, including funeral directors from across Minnesota, as well as North and South Dakota.  It was a great opportunity for students to get to know their professional colleagues, as well as discuss future employment opportunities.

Faculty members Angela Woosley and Marc Markell are currently at the National Funeral Directors Association annual convention in Salt Lake City, taking time to network with colleagues and participate in educational seminars that will benefit their teaching work here on campus.  

Likewise, several students are busy preparing to volunteer with the Children’s Grief Connection grief camp, to be held in early November.  Our Student Leader, Ean Sinn, has done a great job connecting our Program students to professionals and activities that enhance their understanding of what it means to be a funeral director.  We are proud of how our students are engaging in extracurricular activities that directly impact their development as future funeral directors.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for the Program’s 110th Anniversary Back-to-School day celebration, to be held on Friday, November 2.  We have a number of exciting events planned for that day, including an open house, five hours of continuing education seminars, and a party to celebrate Michael Mathews’ 42 years of service to the University.  We hope you will join us for what we are sure will be an exciting, fun-filled afternoon and evening celebration.

Go Gophers!

Michael LuBrant
Program Director

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

Full Time Funeral Director or Intern

Evans-Nordby Funeral Homes in Osseo and Brooklyn Center, MN

Full Time Funeral Director

Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel in Hastings, MN

Full Time Funeral Director

Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne, MN

Full-time licensed funeral director/intern

Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing, MN