Plan Your Studies

Plan Your Studies

Now that you've been accepted, what's next? Bookmark this page as you will be using it to plan your courses each semester.


Students are advised to order required textbooks and materials promptly from the Cougars Campus Store as delivery times may be adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Planning your course schedule

Get started with choosing courses for your Embalmer Certificate. You can complete this part-time certificate program within a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 6 years.

  1. View the following short video to learn how to plan your course schedule and understand key factors that impact your course selection

  2. Use the Program Planning Guide to :
    • Learn what courses are required in your program
    • Identify course prerequisites
    • Determine which semester(s) your courses are offered

  3. Decide when to complete two on-campus components of the program (Embalming Practicum and Restorative Art II). Options include:
    • The Intensive Institute is a condensed course delivery format intended for students residing outside of Calgary. The two on-campus courses (Embalming Practicum and Restorative Art II) are offered at the same time over a 12-day period.
      • Choose to attend an Intensive Institute in the Spring or Fall semester
      • Review prerequisites for both on-campus courses to determine appropriate timing to attend an Intensive Institute
    • Calgary-based students typically complete Embalming Practicum during the Fall-Winter semesters and take Restorative Art II the following May.

Now that you have chosen your courses, the next step is to register.

Step-by-step instructions
  1. Look up courses via MyMRU > Register & Pay > Register > Look up Course(s)
  2. Search by term > choose appropriate CREDIT term and click Submit
  3. Select the subject Funeral Services and click Course Search.
  4. Find the course number and name (e.g., XFDC 20002 - Embalming Theory I) and click View Sections.
  5. Select your courses for the semester and click Submit.

Critical Dates

The Add/drop deadline for adjusting your registration, fee deadlines and withdraw dates will follow the Critical Dates in the Academic Schedule

  • Funeral courses may have unusual start and end dates which can impact these dates
  • Check with the Office of the Registrar for further information.

Registration access dates are posted in MyMRU.


  • Foundation '45 Scholarships - Canada: Offered by the Funeral Service Foundation. Scholarships are awarded twice a year and are open to full and part time funeral students. Application cycles are February 15 - March 30 and August 15 - November 30.

Are you interested in sponsoring a scholarship? Email us at

  • Textbooks should be ordered well in advance of the course start date. Make sure to allow extra time for shipping if you live outside of Calgary,
  • Order your textbooks and Personal Protective Equipment - Funeral Services Kit through the Cougars Campus Store. Use the subject codes in your Program Planning Guide.

  • Attend your New Student Orientation! The funeral administration team will email you the details.
  • Register for the free Online Course Tutorial to become familiar with Blackboard (your online learning management system)
  • Review Embalming Practicum Requirements on the Practicum and Work Experience page
  • Access your online courses approximately 2-3 business days before their start date
  • Get your campus card (optional)
  • Start tracking your progress - Use the Program Planning Guide as a checklist or track your progress by using mruGradU8
    MyMRU > My Program > mruGradU8