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).
CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP
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;
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
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.
Two representatives of the public appointed by the ABFSE Committee on Accreditation.
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)
American Board of Funeral
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Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
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