Admission Information

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The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science offers applicants the opportunity to engage with qualified and credentialed faculty, be enriched by our ever-evolving curriculum, and participate in real-world practical experience.

It is the policy of the Institute to admit students that are the best qualified and those that will assume the professional responsibilities of a licensed embalmer and funeral director. 

Applicant should consider the following before applying:

  • No prior college is required for entrance with the exception of the online Associate program which requires 30 qualifying college credits. Both online program options have a co-requisite requirement that can be fulfilled prior to entrance, see the Bulletin for more information on all of these requirements.
  • Education requirements are determined by the state in which you wish to be licensed. PIMS encourages all applicants to contact that states’ board to verify prerequisites and level of  education is required. 
  • PIMS does not have student housing, students relocating to the area are responsible for securing their own housing. The PIMS Housing Help Sheet can assist in getting you started with your search.
  • PIMS enrolls students in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Enrollment can be competitive, so it’s suggested to apply prior to the application deadlines, which are:
    • Campus Fall, September 28th Deadline: September 18th
    • Online Fall, October 19th Deadline: October 5th
    • Campus Spring, February 1st Deadline: January 22nd
    • Online Spring, January 18th Deadline: January 4th

Please contact our Admission Office at or at 412-362-8500 if you have any questions!

How to Apply:

  • Complete an online application; you will first create a login then use the “Continue an Application in Progress” button with your login information to complete the rest of the application
  • There is a $50.00 application fee payable by credit card within the online application
  • PIMS will need to collect the following items which can be submitted one-at-a-time or all together:
    • The PIMS Signature Page and Medical Form
      • All information must be on the medical form. No supplemental documentation of immunizations will be accepted 
    • A headshot photo (resembling a passport photo)
    • An official high school transcript or a high school equivalency sent directly to PIMS from the institution or an approved electronic transcript service

      • If a final high school GPA is 2.0 or less, 12 liberal arts or general education college credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher is required
    • All official college transcripts sent directly to PIMS from the institution or an approved electronic transcript service
    • Copy of healthcare insurance card 

Items can be sent together or separately via email to Maria Sproull, our Admission Advisor at OR mailed to PIMS, Application Materials,  5808 Baum Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15226, or faxed to 412-362-1684. 

Don’t forget you can track the progress of your application within the PIMS Applicant Portal!

What happens next:

  • Once your application and all the supporting materials listed above have been submitted to the Admissions Office your application is sent to the Admission Committee for review
  • A decision from the Admission Committee will be emailed within three weeks of your application submission
  • If accepted, depending on how close the start date is, a PIMS Enrollment Package will be provided with items to return to the school
  • If you push your start date back, applications are good for one year and application items may be shredded after that time frame
  • If denied, an applicant can reapply in one year or if additional college credits are obtained and a 2.0 or greater is achieved an applicant can reapply at that time

Financial Aid and Veteran Benefit questions can be directed to Mrs. Elachko,

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