Overview of admission requirements

  • Minimum of 2.50 GPA
  • All pre-professional coursework must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Due to the unique situation created by COVID-19, many institutions are allowing students to choose a Pass/No Pass option in lieu of a letter grade in the Winter 2020 semester. The program encourages applicants to receive letter grades in their prerequisite courses. P/N will be accepted if the grading institution's policy is a C or better to receive a Pass. If the school accepts C- or below as a Pass, students will be required to submit a letter from the instructor documenting what the grade earned would have been (in the case of WSU courses, since we can view that grade in the system, such a letter will not be required). 
  • All science and math coursework must be completed within six years of the time of application to the professional program.
  • 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 pre-requisites 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 prerequisties by start of program.
  • All applicants must attend one monthly Information Meeting at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Additional information regarding attendance can be found on the College's website.

Course requirements prior to admission

There are two components of coursework that must be completed prior to starting in the Mortuary Science program: (1) Program-specific prerequisites; and (2) University General Education requirements. The professional curriculum in Mortuary Science consists of 56 credits, so an applicant must earn 64 credits in General Education and Prerequisite coursework.  

Course grades and GPA

A student must earn a grade of C or higher in all prerequisite and general education courses taken prior to admission and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Transfer students

The courses below are listed by their title and course number at Wayne State University. For a listing of comparable courses at other institutions, visit or contact an academic advisor at or (313) 577-1716.   

Program-specific prerequisites

Prerequisites are designed to prepare students for courses in the professional curriculum and to broaden knowledge in areas relevant to funeral service practice. The following prerequisites must be satisfied:

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

University General Education requirements

General Education courses are required for every graduate of Wayne State University. Applicants may satisfy the general education requirements in one of the following ways:

  • earning a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution,
  • earning an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Liberal Arts (ALA), Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Baccalaureate Studies (ABS) degree from a Michigan community college,
  • obtaining a Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) stamp, 
  • obtaining a MACRAO stamp,
  • completing courses in satisfaction of the General Education requirements.

The following General Education courses must be satisfied:

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

An asterisk (*) indicates courses or requirements that may be satisfied by examination or CLEP. Contact the WSU Office of Testing, Evaluation and Research at or 313-577-3400 for further information.

Note that applicants may follow the previous program-specific prerequisite requirements until Fall 2020. All students must follow the new General Education requirements as of Fall 2019. Students who enrolled at Wayne State prior to Fall 2018 can choose to follow the general education program above or the previous requirements, posted in the bulletin.

The program will accept a combination of the former prerequisites and current prerequisites until Fall 2020.