Funeral Service

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Program Information

  • Location: West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 10-528-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August

About the Funeral Service Degree


This program prepares you for a career as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in a profession that demands compassion, dedication and creativity. Our rigorous curriculum trains students to become among the best funeral directors in the expanding death-care profession. Once accepted into the program, students are immersed in all facets of the funeral profession.

Students are provided a variety of unique learning opportunities through lectures, hands-on labs, field trips, seminars, guest speakers and internships.

Facilities include classrooms, state-of-the-art embalming and restorative art labs, arrangement conference room, merchandise selection room and funeral chapel. 

Students who complete the program will earn an associate degree and be eligible to take the National Board Exam for funeral directors (required for licensure).

Coursework will include embalming, arranger training, grief studies, business management, religious funeral practices, regulatory compliance and more.

View Funeral Service Course Catalog Here (link)

Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
BIOSCI-177 General Anatomy and Physiology ‡ 4
 ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
FUNERL-106 Thanatochemistry 3
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations 
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society
(or) SOCSCI-210 Death and Dying
ACCTG-110 Financial Accounting 3
BADM-165 Legal Environment of Business 3
BIOSCI-197 Microbiology ‡ 4
ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
FUNERL-104 Funeral Service Field Experience I ‡ 2
FUNERL-110 Introduction to Funeral Service ‡ 2
FUNERL-112 Laws, Rules and Regulations of Funeral Service ‡ 3
FUNERL-114 Pathology of Funeral Service ‡ 2
FUNERL-116 Funeral Service Practices ‡ 4
FUNERL-121 National Funeral Board Prep I ‡ 1
FUNERL-131 Embalming Theory ‡ 4
FUNERL-105 Funeral Service Field Experience II ‡ 2
FUNERL-117 Funeral Service Management ‡ 4
FUNERL-120 Restorative Art ‡ 4
FUNERL-122 National Funeral Board Prep II ‡ 1
FUNERL-132 Funeral Service Science ‡ 3
FUNERL-153 Psychology of Funeral Service ‡ 3



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Adviser for specific curriculum requirements.

Search for available classes now (link) to see course descriptions, class times and locations.

Already a student? You can visit Self-Service (link) and choose Student Planning to register for classes.

2021-2022 Program Card

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Important Dates

The next petition window for the Funeral Service Program will open on February 2nd, 2021.

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Learning Outcomes

American Board of Funeral Service Education Program Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the importance of funeral service professionals in developing relationships with the families and communities they serve.
  • Identify standards of ethical conduct in funeral service practice.
  • Interpret how federal, state, and local laws apply to funeral service in order to ensure compliance.
  • Apply principles of public health and safety in the handling and preparation of human remains.
  • Demonstrate technical skills in embalming and restorative art that are necessary for the preparation and handling of human remains.
  • Demonstrate skills required for conducting arrangement conferences, visitations, services, and ceremonies.
  • Describe the requirements and procedures for burial, cremation, and other accepted forms of final disposition of human remains.
  • Describe methods to address the grief-related needs of the bereaved.
  • Explain management skills associated with operating a funeral establishment.
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills and research skills needed for funeral service practice.



Total enrolled

# of New Students

# of Grads

Timely Grad* Graduation rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed Employed in FS





15/15 94% 3 100% 100%





16/16 94% 2 100% 94%





13/14 82% 4 93% 86%

* Timely graduation = complete program in 1.5 times designated program length.
** Graduation rate reflects cohort graduation rate (% of students from original cohort completing in the designated year)
***Left before completing the program; did not finish.


Single Year

School Pass Rate

National Pass Rate

Single Year

School Pass Rate National Pass Rate

2020 Arts




80% 64%

2019 Arts




46% 63%

2018 Arts




50% 71%

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other
ABFSEaccredited programs are available at in the Directory of Accredited Programs

Career Outlook

The demand for licensed funeral directors and embalmers continues to grow. Graduates of this program have a high likelihood of employment in a variety of locations and work settings.

This Funeral Service degree program is recognized by the Wisconsin Funeral Directors Examining Board.

Possible Careers

Funeral Director

Admission Requirements

A petition process is required for admittance to this program. 

The petition process in currently being updated, more information will be forthcoming, and the new petition window for the Funeral Service Program will be February 2nd, 2021.

A minimum of 24 college credits in areas specified by the state examining board are required for admission into the Funeral Service program. See an MATC Community & Human Services Pathway advisor for information.

B- (or higher) required in Business and Natural Sciences courses.

C (or higher) required in General Education courses.

The following are also required for admission:

  • One year of high school-level biology and chemistry


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The Funeral Service Program at MATC is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108, Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097  816-233-3747

National Board Passage rates for this program are available on the Funeral Service Program webpage. National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at in the Directory of Accredited Programs.

The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) – Committee on Accreditation (COA) has reaccredited this program for a period of seven years (through October 2021).

For more information about the program, contact: Gabriel Schauf, Funeral Service Program Coordinator,, 414-456-5320.


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Last updated: 09/22/2021