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School of Arts and Sciences

Funeral Service Program

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: TRADITIONAL; B.A. CAPSTONE; B.S. CAPSTONE | COURSE DESCRIPTIONSSCHEDULE OF COURSES

Pictured is Elena Mroczkowski, funeral services major at Point Park University. | Photo by Victoria A. MikulaMeet Elena Mroczkowski, funeral services major at Point Park University.

Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Funeral Service at our Downtown Pittsburgh Campus

There are three different avenues you can take for our funeral service degree program. Two capstone programs, requiring one year of study, are offered for students with a degree from mortuary school. Or, in cooperation with the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Point Park offers a Bachelor of Science degree requiring three years of study at Point Park and one year at PIMS.

Funeral Service Degrees Offered

The following degrees are offered in the funeral service program:

  • B.S. in funeral service (traditional)
  • B.S. in funeral service  (capstone program)
  • B.A. in funeral service (capstone program)

Funeral Service Concentration Options

In the traditional, transfer and capstone Bachelor of Science programs, students can choose to concentrate in one of the following:

  • Environmental health 
  • Business administration
Pictured is funeral services major Lin Webb.
Funeral services major Lin Webb interned
for the Medical Examiner's Office.

In the Bachelor of Arts capstone program, students can choose to concentrate in one of these three areas:

  • Government and international studies
  • Human sciences
  • Natural sciences and engineering technology

Courses in the Funeral Service Program

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the funeral service major. Some of the courses include:

  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Counseling Theories and Practice
  • Salesmanship
  • Human Biology
  • Public Health

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the degree requirements and School of Arts and Sciences course descriptions

Bachelor of Science in Funeral Service (traditional, non-capstone program)

The Bachelor of Science degree for specialized professional studies — funeral services is a traditional four-year bachelor’s degree program that begins at Point Park University. After earning 60 credits at Point Park, students in this program attend the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS) to earn 36 clinical credits, which are then transferred to Point Park. Proof of an Associate in Specialized Business degree from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science is required before Point Park University will grant the Bachelor of Science degree.

Students in this 126-credit program must meet all criteria of the university core, major requirements and PIMS credits. In addition, students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to select the concentration which best meets their needs. 

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Funeral Service (capstone programs)

The capstone program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree is designed for students who have a mortuary school degree and possess an Associate in Science degree in specialized professional studies-funeral service from Point Park or from the Associate in Specialized Business degree from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science.

The Bachelor of Arts capstone program is intended for students who have a mortuary school degree and an associate degree in an area other than funeral service.