Overview of admission requirements

  • Minimum of 2.75 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 semester hour credits, including all program-specific prerequisites and University General Education requirements. A maximum of 64 semester hour 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. Additional information regarding monthly meetings 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 beginning the Mortuary Science program: (1) program-specific prerequisites; program-specific prerequisites; and (2) University General Education requirements. The professional curriculum in Mortuary Science consists of fifty-six semester hour credits, so an applicant must earn sixty-four semester hour credits, including the program prerequisites and general education requirements before entering the program. If the General Education and program prerequisites do not add up to sixty-four credits, elective courses must be taken to complete the sixty-four total semester hour credits needed prior to entering the program. This sixty-four plus fifty-six formula equals the 120 total semester hour credits required for the Bachelor of Science degree. The courses below are listed by their title and course number at Wayne State University. For comparable courses at other colleges, students should consult the Office of Transfer Credit.

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 2.75 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 the university's Transferring Credit page 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. 

Prerequisites for Students Without a Prior Bachelor's Degree

  • BIO 1510 Basic Life Mechanisms (NSIL)
  • BIO 2870 - Anatomy & Physiology & Lab
  • CHM 1000 - Chemistry and Your World* (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 Introductory Psychology* 
  • SOC 1010 or any Social Inquiry (SI) course
  • One course in a business field (ACC, BA, ECO, MGT)

Prerequisites for Applicants With a Prior Bachelor's Degree

  • PH 2100- Introduction to Public Health or BIO 1510 - Basic Life Mechanisms 
  • CLS 3330 - Medical Terminology
  • COM 2200 - Interpersonal Communication
  • PSY 1010- Introductory Psychology
  • 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. 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)

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.

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.

To determine if you have met the prerequisite and general education requirements, please upload your transcripts to the online form.