American Board of Funeral Service Education



The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education. Although its roots go back to the 1940s, the ABFSE became an autonomous agency in 1962. The accrediting function of ABFSE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


1. An educational institution is eligible for membership in ABFSE if it

    a. offers a degree program accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of ABFSE;
    b. meets the annual requirements for membership as stated in the Accreditation and Policy Manual; and
    c. has paid its annual dues.

2. A funeral service association is eligible for membership in ABFSE if it

    a. is national in scope;
    b. is non-profit;
    c. has membership consisting of funeral service licensees or regulators of those licensees;
    d. has a direct interest in funeral service education; and
    e. has paid its dues and commits to a renewable three-year membership.


Accredited institutions or programs
One representative from each of the institutions or programs of funeral service education whose curricula in funeral service education is accredited by the ABFSE Committee on Accreditation.

Funeral Service Associations
Three individuals, one representing each of the professional funeral service organizations that have fulfilled the necessary requirements for membership.

Public Members
Two representatives of the public appointed by the ABFSE Committee on Accreditation.

School Membership
In 2022, there are 58 accredited programs or institutions: 44 are public and 12 are private. Accredited programs are found in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Illinois, New York and Texas each have 4 programs.

The 58 institutions offer a total of 53 associate degrees, 7 baccalaureate degrees and 5 certificates and/or diplomas.

ABFSE Executive Committee

ABFSE Committee Structure and Responsibilities


Learn more about ABFSE Membership in the ABFSE Manual (PDF)

Contact ABFSE
American Board of Funeral Service Education
Executive Director
Robert C. Smith III

992 Mantua Pike, Suite 108
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
Office: (816) 233-3747
Cell: (816) 262-0711
FAX: (856) 579-7354


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