What will I learn?

Funeral service workers organize and manage the details of a funeral. To meet the requirements as a mortician, funeral directors need specialized training. All states require those who embalm to be licensed. This field may require from one to four years of study with students earning a diploma, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at one of 50 accredited schools which offer programs in mortuary science. One or possibly two years of study may be taken at SDSU.

Certification includes passing required board exams and an apprenticeship in an approved funeral home. Leaders of the funeral service field are rapidly recognizing the need for education of the total person. Because the funeral director's work is diverse, he/she must draw upon knowledge of the social and economic fields as well as the scientific and artistic areas which the technical needs of the profession require.

Pre-Professional Interest Area Information

To meet the requirements as a mortician, funeral directors need specialized training. All states require those who embalm to be licensed. This field may require from one to four years of study with students earning a diploma, Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree at one of 50 accredited schools which offer programs in mortuary science. One or possibly two years of study may be taken at SDSU. Certification includes passing required board exams and an apprenticeship in an approved funeral home. Leaders of the funeral service field are rapidly recognizing the need for education of the total person. Because the funeral director’s work is diverse, he/she must draw upon knowledge of the social and economic fields as well as the scientific and artistic areas which the technical needs of the profession require.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Variable)

Start date

Expected January 2022

Venue

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

South Dakota State University,

1175 Medary Avenue,

BROOKINGS,

South Dakota,

57006, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshmen student admission is based in part on the quality of the applicant's secondary school academic record and the number of places available. Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major. English Language Requirements: Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT): 61; Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT): 500; Academic IELTS: 5.5.

For international students

A freshman student is a student entering SDSU for the first time. Usually the student is enrolling directly out of high school/secondary school with no previous university experience. Freshmen student admission is based in part on the quality of the applicant's secondary school academic record and the number of places available. The International Admissions Office understands that secondary/high school graduation ages vary by country. However, students must be at least 17 years old at the time of the Program Start date to be eligible for admission.

Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.

English Proficiency

All applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English with one of the following exams and the indicated minimum score: Internet-based TOEFL Test (iBT): 61; Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT): 500; Academic IELTS: 5.5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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