Funeral Service Education

Funeral Service

Mount Royal University's Funeral Service Education programs prepare you for an entry-level position in the funeral service profession. The majority of our courses are delivered online enabling you to interact with fellow students and learn from expert instructors in an interactive environment. You will participate in virtual classrooms and discussion boards, assessments and final exams.

Students residing outside Alberta - please check with your Provincial Regulatory Board for guidelines and regulations on completing the practical work experience components within your province.


Choosing a Program

Please contact the advisor for the funeral programs to discuss the appropriate program for you.

Funeral Service Diploma Funeral Director Certificate Embalmer Certificate
  • Prepare to license as a Funeral Director and Embalmer
  • Complete within a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 6 years
  • Study full-time or part-time
  • Diploma (and dual license) is the preferred credential with many funeral homes
  • Concentrate on Funeral Directing only
  • Complete within a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 6 years
  • Study part-time
  • Specialize in embalming and restorative arts
  • Complete within a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 6 years
  • Study part-time

The Mount Royal Advantage

Stay in your community while completing studies
Online education provides you with the flexibility to study from any location. Work experience courses are completed at a licensed funeral home of your choice.

Earn a university credential
Your diploma or certificate is issued by Mount Royal University, a respected Canadian post-secondary institution.

Student support and resources to help you succeed
Benefit from access to a program team dedicated to funeral service education students. Connect with the funeral team at

Flexible programs and schedules that meets your needs
Students can begin programs in January or September. Full-time and part-time study options are available.

Instructor-led, interactive online courses
Learn from experts in the profession while having the option to choose a personalized course schedule.

Eligible for student loan funding
For more information see Money Matters in Admission Requirements & Costs.

Continue your studies
Graduates of the 1832 hour Funeral Service diploma are eligible to received transfer credit towards the University of Lethbridge's Bachelor of Health Sciences - Public Health.
Contact us

For more information about these programs:
403.440.7742 or 1.866.616.3606
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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