Mortuary Science

Since 1939, the Wayne State University Mortuary Science Program has been dedicated to educating and developing funeral service professionals who serve their communities with care and distinction. Through traditional, online and hybrid programs, students benefit from high quality instruction and practical experiences that lay the foundation for their funeral service careers.

The WSU Pre-med and Health Science Center (PMHSC) provides academic advising for the Pre-Mortuary Science student. The advisor will meet with you in-person or on-line to assist you in course selection and make you aware of the GPA requirement, attendance at information meetings, course completion and admission application deadlines, submission of official transcripts (WSU and transfer), international student affairs (transcript evaluation and TOEFL), as well as advisor contact information.  


Prerequisite Requirements (for students without a prior bachelor's degree)

  • BIO 1510 - Basic Life Mechanisms*
  • BIO 1510 - Basic Life Mechanisms Laboratory
  • BIO 2870 - Anatomy & Physiology & Lab
  • CHM 1000 - Chemistry and Your World & Lab* 
  • CLS 3330 - Medical Terminology
  • COM 1010 - Oral Communication: Basic Speech 
  • COM 2200 - Interpersonal Communication
  • ENG 1020 - Introductory College Writing 
  • ENG 3010 - Intermediate Writing 
  • PH 2100 - Introduction to Public Health
  • PHI 1050 - Critical Thinking
  • PSY 1010 Introductory Psychology* 
  • SOC 1010 or any Social Inquiry (SI) course
  • One course in a business field (ACC, BA, ECO, MGT)

*Can be satisfied by CLEP exam.

University generaleEducation/degree requirements*

  • Civic Literacy (CIV)
  • Cultural Inquiry (CI)
  • Global Learning (GL)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Quantitative Experience (QE)
  • Wayne Experience (WE)

*Note: Students who hold a previous bachelor's degree or who qualify under the university's MTA transfer policy (see are exempt from completing the General Education requirements listed above. 


In addition to coursework, the following requirements must be met:
  • Minimum of 2.50 GPA
  • All grades in prerequisite requirements must be a minimum of "C" or better (2.0 on a 4.0 grade scale). 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)-required only if English is not your first language
  • Minimum of 64 credits, including all program-specific prerequisites and University General Education requirements. A maximum of 64 credits can be transferred from a community college.
  • Pre-professional coursework taken at an accredited college or university is acceptable
  • Completion of all prerequisites by the start of the program.
  • All applicants must attend one monthly Information Meeting at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS). Additional information regarding monthly meetings can be found on the CPHS website.

Applicants should refer to the Mortuary Science Application Checklist for a complete overview of how to apply to the WSU Mortuary Science program including the application deadline and all supporting documentation.