Thiel's undergraduate degree program in mortuary science is offered jointly with the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science (PIMS).
Designed to be completed in four years, the mortuary science degree program integrates a broad-based education to meet the changing needs of the funeral profession with technical and professional requirements specific to funeral directing.
A student enrolls for the first five semesters at Thiel in undergraduate coursework in the sciences, business and the liberal arts. After completing these degree requirements, the student attends the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science for year-long trimester sequence in embalming and funeral directing.
Candidates earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration, alongwith a diploma in embalming and funeral directing. Successfully completing the course sequence for the diploma satisfies licensing requirements for funeral directors in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
An intergrative liberal arts core provides candidates with essential oral and written communications, analytic and computational, and computer skills, as well as an understanding of key concepts in psychology, humanities, religion and the natural and physcial sciences.
A rigorous sequence of courses in business, accounting, management, economics, business law, marketing and entrepreneurship ensure that candidates are well equipped to manage funeral service operations. Internship and cooperative education experiences provide opportunities for practicing concepts learned in the classroom.
Specific course in embalming and funeral directing satisfy licensing requirements.
Qualified funeral service professionals carry out a range of responsibilities, including:
• Providing support to the bereaved during initial stages of their grief;
In addition, many funeral service professionals also manage a complete range of business operations, often as small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Mortuary science candidates are eligible for internships and co-op work experiences through the department, as well as for academic scholarships, prizes and other recognitions awarded by the Haller Enterprise Institute. Through its courses, seminars and awards, The Enterprise Institute encourages entrepreneurship, small business development and family-owned enterprises.