Associate Degree in Funeral Service

A Career Honoring Life

Goodwin University’s associate degree in Funeral Service will prepare you for a rewarding, in-demand career in the field of mortuary science. You will make a difference in the lives of families when they need the support most. This esteemed, service-oriented industry is looking for individuals just like you, who will ensure that the deceased are laid to rest with the utmost dignity and respect.

The Funeral Service Program

Goodwin University’s Funeral Service program will train you to become a well-rounded industry professional, able to address funeral service processes from the initial death call through to the final disposition of human remains. This 65-credit mortuary science degree program can be completed in as few as 24 months full-time, with part-time class options available. Coursework is offered in the evenings, comprised of on-campus lecture and laboratory training, as well as internship experience in the field.

Gaining Real-World Experience

Internships are offered at funeral homes all across the state. Through your internship experience, you will gain exposure to embalming, restorative art, and business management. You are required to complete a minimum of 180 hours at your internship, participation in 10 embalming operations, as well as an additional 30 hours of on-campus class work learning about business management.

Learning from Faculty Experts

Our Funeral Service faculty includes professors with decades of experience in funeral service, who are all members of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and actively working in the field.

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The mission of the Goodwin University’s Funeral Service Program is to facilitate the training of students to become funeral service professionals and to instill in our students the foundation of integrity, compassion, and moral ethics needed to be successful in our ever-changing contemporary society.

The Funeral Service Department encourages independent thinking through practical application and modern technical instruction.

The Funeral Service Department fosters the importance of community service, reverence and respect for the dead entrusted to their care, and empathy and compassion for the families they will have the privilege to serve.

Students will be encouraged and guided to adapt to secular and religious traditions while always being mindful of Public Health and cognizant of the importance of holding inviolate sacred and confidential information entrusted to them during their service to mankind.

The Funeral Service Associate Degree Program at Goodwin 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: ABFSE approved a change of sponsorship for Goodwin University to assume the accredited Mortuary Science Associate Degree program of Lincoln College of New England effective January 1, 2019. National Board Examination pass rates, graduation rates and employment rates for Lincoln College of New England and other ABFSE-accredited programs are available at

To request a printed copy of this program’s pass rates, go to 211 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT to the office of Paula Dowd, Department Chair and Associate Professor in Health and Natural Sciences, or by email at or by telephone to 860-528-4111.

Year Total Enrolled # of New Students # of New Grads Timely Grad* Graduation rate Did not finish** Overall % Employed Employed In FS
2018 75 42 33 22/33 67% 1 97% 58%
2017 70 39 23 16/23 74% 26 69% 69%
2016 69 30 30 21/30 71% 19 73% 73%

*Timely graduation = complete program in 1½ times designated program length.

**Left before completing the program; did not finish.

3 year Average % Pass Arts % Pass Sciences
2016 - 2018 77% 74%
2015 - 2017 74% 84%
2014 - 2016 85% 90%
Most recent # Takers # Passed
2019 Arts 36 26
2019 Sciences 34 27