Funeral Service Education


The Funeral Service Education (FSE) program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, located in Kirkland, Washington, offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS), with path to Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree—now offered here at LWTech. The Funeral Service Education AAS and the BAS degrees are only the second to be offered on the West Coast and the only FSE degrees in the State of Washington.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education degree will prepare students for careers in the funeral industry as managers, owners, and leaders. Courses in the program are focused on aspects of management. Course content builds upon lower level courses to further entrench LWTech students toward research and continual development within the funeral service profession. Students will bridge theory into application and develop work-ready, practitioner skills. Additionally, FSE program students will use computers, case studies, active learning, group work, laboratory exercises, and capstone projects to apply their knowledge to curriculum requirements. These activities will mirror real-world experiences that have happened in the funeral industry, preparing students for employment.

Careers with a Funeral Service Education Degree

Graduates may find employment in: crematory and cemetery operations, funeral home management in family owned businesses and corporate business. It will also allow for employment in other Health Sciences professions that desire funeral industry experience.

Graduates of the Funeral Service Education program will demonstrate a factual, conceptual, and applied understanding of:

  • Funeral service marketing and merchandising
  • Business management practices
  • Small business management
  • Funeral service counseling
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Cemetery and crematory operations
  • Funeral service sciences

Our faculty believe that success in the program requires a commitment of time and energy to your studies. To help with this requirement, the college offers an advisor to assist with planning your path and career goals.

Preparation for Graduate Course

The BAS FSE program creates a pathway to allow students to potentially strive towards additional higher education degrees (Masters, JD, MD, etc.)

Admission Requirements

Applied Bachelor's Degree

Applicants to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Funeral Service Education are selected on a competitive basis. This program has application and qualification requirements with an application deadline unique to the program. Program information sessions and specialized advising is available before applying to this program.

Associate Degree

Entry into the Funeral Service Education program requires completion of an admissions application for the college and the completion of the admissions packet before enrolling in Funeral Service Education classes toward the Associate of Applied Science degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission should contact their respective state boards of funeral service regarding that state board's approval of this particular program of instruction.

The minimum educational requirement for admission to the Funeral Service Education program is graduation from an accredited four-year high school or its equivalent, such as a recognized GED®, or other evidence of academic achievement such as a college transcript with at least nine post-secondary credits, exclusive of developmental courses, and a satisfactory grade point average from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution. Have your high school or previous college directly mail official transcripts* to:

Enrollment Services
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
11605 132nd Avenue NE
Kirkland, WA 98034

All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

*To comply with American Board of Funeral Service Education accreditation guidelines (ABFSE Standard 10.1.2a), the transcripts must be sent directly from your high school, university, or college. No transcripts will be accepted that are received by any other method.

ABFSE Standard 10.1.2.a - "Transcript of high school or college work, received by mail directly from the institution from which the credits were received."


The Funeral Service Education degree program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE), 992 Mantua Pike Suite 108 Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097, (816) 233-3747.  

Gifted Body Program

The Funeral Service Education program also accepts gifted bodies to support the program. For more information, please contact Keith Johnston.

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