American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service

619 West 54th Street - 6th Floor, New York, NY 10019

School Details

The McAllister School of Embalming, founded in 1926, was one of five funeral service schools in New York City in the early twentieth century. Three of the funeral institutions closed following the conclusion of World War II. The two remaining, McAllister School and The American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Research merged in 1964, creating the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service, Inc. 


Today, AAMI remains the only funeral service school in New York City. The private, not-for-profit, two-year institute enrolls approximately 400 students and maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of 23:1. AAMI is accredited by the American Board of Funeral Services Education, Inc. and authorized by the New York State Board of Regents to award Associate in Occupational Studies degrees.

The American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service offers on-campus and online Associate’s degrees. The on-campus program allows students to complete degrees in 12 or 16 months. In addition to traditional classroom lectures, students participate in hands-on learning through labs and clinicals, held in conjunction with Bellevue Medical Center. Instruction focuses on five areas:  Public Health and Technical, Social Sciences, Business Management, Legal, Regulatory, and Ethical Law, and General Education. 


Online students complete similar fields of study, and then complete a two-week Capstone clinical at the AAMI campus and Bellevue Hospital. Students engage with peers and faculty via discussion boards and email. In addition, AAMI supports a Continuing Education division that offers on-going programs and courses to enhance the skill sets of funeral service professionals.

Prerequisites for entrance include proof of a high school diploma or state approved equivalent. Prospective students will need to submit the application and fee, along with documentation, such as official transcripts, a birth certificate, an essay, references, and physical examination and immunization records, accompanied by other miscellaneous requirements. Likewise, international students may need to submit added documentation, including proof of English language proficiency.

Tuition is $360 per credit hour for both the on-campus and online programs, not including added fees. Eligible students may seek federal financial aid, including grants and loans.  Additionally, the state of New York sponsors aid, including the Tuition Assistance Program. AAMI supports the educational goals of veterans and military personnel partnering with the Servicemembers Opportunity College. In addition, American Academy McAllister Institute recognizes prior experience / training with the acceptance of DANTES, and eligible veterans and military students pay reduced tuition of $295 per credit hour.




At this time, international students are not accepted into the online program.


School Overview:

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    Private not-for-profit, 2-year
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Associate's degree
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    At this time, international students are not accepted into the online program.

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