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About the Mortuary Science Program

It takes a strong person to take on the responsibility of dealing with death and deceased bodies, but it is a very rewarding study. Morticians and funeral directors are careers that deal directly with these things. Mortuary science is the major that leads to these types of jobs. Though not flashy careers, they are still very important to society. You’ll need both a background in science as well as an understanding of human interaction. In our mortuary science degree program, Wayne State will provide you with both. You’ll study biology courses and learn how to interact with families who have lost loved ones. With a mortuary science degree, you’ll be well-prepared for a future career in hospitals and funeral homes. You know it will be tough sometimes, but Wayne State is here to provide you with the tools and training you need to take on a sometimes difficult but very rewarding job.

Sample Program of Study

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Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: This program is set up so you will receive your B.A. or B.S. from WSC. You’ll spend three years at WSC, then a final year at a school with a professional mortuary science program.

Hours required:
For program: 53-54 plus clinical year at affiliate mortuary science school
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120

Popular pairings: Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology

School: Natural and Social Sciences

Department: Life Sciences

Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your mortuary science degree.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

mortuary science program skills

Skills Learned

  • Evolutionary processes
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Biological systems and structures
  • Experimental plant science
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular genetics
  • General and organic chemistry
  • Research, data collection, and analysis
  • Modern lab techniques
  • Understanding of death and grief processes
  • Social psychology and social skills
  • Business law and accounting
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Communication 

Careers for mortuary science majors

Possible Careers

  • Mortician
  • Mortuary assistant
  • Autopsy technician
  • Funeral home director
  • Funeral service manager
  • Undertaker
  • Embalmer
  • Medical examiner
  • Grief counselor
  • Mortuary science educator

Employers of mortuary science degree holders


  • Funeral homes
  • Counseling centers
  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • City or county morgues
  • Crematoriums
  • Funeral home supply companies
  • Embalming chemical companies
  • Mortuary science schools

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 87% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

mortuary science school clubs

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

mortuary science program activities


  • Research, trips, and more – Conduct your own research and present your findings at conferences such The American Society of Microbiology and The American Association for the Advancement of Science conferences.
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Clinical practice at mortuary school

Clinical Year

Before receiving your mortuary science degree, you’ll first need to complete a clinical year at an approved program in order to earn your degree from Wayne State. Your academic advisor will help you choose a program for transfer.

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