Wayne State University


The Mortuary Science degree program at Wayne State University is accred­ited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108 Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097 (816) 233-3747; web: http://www.abfse.org.

National Board Exam Statistics

2015 # Takers # Passed % Passed
Arts 35 28 80%
Sciences 33 28 85%
2014 # Takers # Passed % Passed
Arts 22 16 73%
Science 19 15 79%
2013 # Takers # Passed % Passed
Arts 24 11 46%
Science 25 15 60%

Graduation and Employment Information

Year # New Students # Grads Timely Grad* % Employed Left before Completion**
2015 39 36 85% 91% 2
2014 32 22 74% 95% 0

*Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length
** Left before completing the program; did not finish

National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates, and employment rates for this and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at www.abfse.org.  To request a printed copy of this program’s pass rates, go to Room 114 of the Mortuary Science Building, 5439 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202 or by e-mail at fundappsciences@wayne.edu or by  telephone (313) 577-2050.

Program Objectives

  • To enlarge the background and knowledge of students about the funeral service profession,
  • To educate students in every phase of funeral service and to help enable them to develop proficiency and skills necessary for the profession,
  • To educate students concerning the responsibilities of the funeral service profession to the community at large,
  • To emphasize high standards of ethical conduct,
  • To provide a curriculum at the post-secondary level of instruction, and
  • To encourage student and faculty research in the field of funeral service.


The Wayne State University Mortuary Science Program recognizes the importance of funeral service personnel as:

  • Members of the human services profession,
  • Members of the community in which they serve,
  • Participants in the relationship between bereaved families and those engaged in the funeral service profession,
  • Professionals knowledgeable of and compliant with federal, state/provinical/territorial, and local regulatory guidelines in the geographic area where they practice, and
  • Professionals sensitive to the responsibility for public health, safety, and welfare in caring for human remains.