Online program - Frequently asked questions

Have questions about the online Bachelor of Science in Mortuary Science degree program? We have answers! 

  • How do online classes work?

    Students login to their classes online through our learning portal called Canvas.  In the virtual classroom, students view materials, watch and listen to lectures, participate in discussions, and complete assignments and tests.  While students may choose when and where they work on class material, there are deadlines for completing assignments, tests and posting on discussion boards.

  • Is online learning right for me?

    Being an online student takes self-discipline and time management skills.  If you have never taken an online course before, you should allow yourself plenty of time to get familiar with the system prior to the first day of class.  There are videos and step-by-step how-to guides to help you in navigating Canvas.

  • Does an online education offer the same value as a traditional education?

    All of the learning outcomes for the online courses are the same as for traditional courses and online courses are taught by qualified faculty in each funeral service discipline who have had additional training in teaching online.

  • Who can take an online course?

    Anyone admitted to the Mortuary Science Program can take an online course.  Some students may choose to take all of their courses online, while some may choose a mix of online and traditional courses.

  • What type of technology is required?

    You must have a computer and a reliable internet connection.  Be sure to refer to the System Requirements section of the WSU Mortuary Science Handbook for Online Students for specific details on operating requirements.

  • Are online courses more expensive?

    No.  Tuition for online courses is the same as that for traditional courses.  In fact, out-of-state students pay in-state tuition if they take all of their courses online.

  • How do I apply to the online program?

    The admission requirements and application process are the same for both the online and in-person degree programs.

  • When can I start online courses?

    You first have to be admitted to the Mortuary Science Program.  The program admits new students once per year, in the Fall semester.  Once admitted, students may choose which courses they want to take online.

  • Are there any in-person requirements for the online program?

    Yes. Students are required to attend orientation at the start of the program and be on-campus for a period of approximately two weeks at the end of the program.  

  • Is there an advisor available online to assist me with questions and scheduling?

    Yes.  Academic Services Officers are available by telephone and email throughout the course of the program.  

  • How do I take exams?

    Exams are taken in Canvas using LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor.  These are programs which lock down your internet browser and use your computer’s webcam to monitor your exam.  This allows students to be able to take exams anywhere as opposed to having to travel to a testing center to have then exam proctored.

  • Is technical help available after I register for an online course?

    Yes.  WSU’s C&IT Helpdesk is available by phone, email, and chat Monday –Friday from 7:30am to 8:00pm.