Funeral Service

Funeral Service Program Mission Statement

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.

Funeral Service Accreditation Information

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/write to Mr. Jesse Gomes, Program Director for Funeral Service, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118, Office of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, or by email at or by telephone to 860-913-2189.

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

State Licensure Notice

All applicants must meet the legal and educational requirements prescribed by the laws of the state in which they intend to practice. Review the different state requirements for the most up to date information. Below are list of the New England and Northeast states with their respective state licensure links. Disclosure of the intended State of Licensure is the responsibility of the student.

Rhode Island
New Hampshire
New York