The Institute offers two programs – an Associate of Applied Science Degree and a Certificate in Funeral Directing. We have been providing education for funeral service professionals – as funeral directors, embalmers, or both – since 1936. The funeral service profession is our sole mission.
This program is designed to lead students to licensure and employment as a funeral director and embalmer.
Courses taken through this option follow the same academic term and length, rigorous academic coursework, and admission requirements as those on campus.
This program is designed to teach students the skills and abilities essential for employment as a funeral director.
Steps to apply for admission:
After CIFS has received the completed application, fee, and all other required supporting documents, the CIFS Admissions Counselor will review the application and notify the applicant of the next step(s) necessary in the application process.
The minimum standards for admission to the programs at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service are:
If none of the above 4 academic requirements are met, then an applicant must submit a typed, one-page, double-spaced essay. The college’s admissions committee will review the essays of these candidates for the purpose of acceptance selections. An applicant’s essay must answer the following two questions:
Once application is successfully submitted, the applicant can mail or email their admission essay to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject line of: first and last name – Admission Essay; example: John Doe – Admission Essay.
Applicants are encouraged to complete all preparations for enrollment early. The following is the recommended timetable.
|Prior to enrollment||Application Deadline|
|Six Months||Complete an application for admissions, submit the required fee, and submit all official transcripts.|
|Five Months||Send the Institute any loan forms, V.A. forms, etc. for certification of acceptance. If you are planning to receive Financial Aid you need to complete the FAFSA online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Only students enrolling into the Associate of Applied Science Degree program may be eligible to receive IV funding.|
|Four Months||Confirm with the admissions department that all of the requirements have been met or submit any missing documents.|