Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Academic Partnership

LASD-Marist College ScholarshipsThe Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is the largest sheriff's department in the world. It is their goal to partner with the people they serve to secure and promote safety in their communities. It is the goal of this partnership is to provide a high-quality education and professional development services to assist uniformed and civilian Los Angeles Sheriff Department employees in achieving their professional goals.

LASDU was designed to give working adults the highest quality, and most convenient, educational experiences. As a result of this partnership, LASDU students will have the opportunity to receive special tuition benefits for graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs offered online through MaristCollege.


Marist recognizes the importance of providing affordable educational opportunities. All sworn officers, civilian employees, along with their adult family members, will receive the following benefits:

1) A tuition discount on graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs.

2) Employees will have the opportunity to enroll in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) online degree program with other law enforcement and criminal justice professionals featuring discounted tuition.

3) Options of full- and part-time degree programs, as well as 100% online, classroom-based courses or a mix of both.

Tuition discounts exclude any graduate or undergraduate degree and certificate programs that are already discounted.The MA in Museum Studies and MS Physicians Assistant degree programs are not eligible for the partnership discount. Please contact the Graduate Admission Office for more information about eligible programs, pricing and additional benefits you may be eligible for. Books and all related expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Complete our online inquiry form to receive more information. All contact information provided is confidential.

Programs Offered

Marist College offers students a variety of programs online for both graduate and adult undergraduate (ages 22+) learners.

Graduate Programs

To apply for admission to any graduate program, please visit the Marist Online Graduate Admission Application.

Undergraduate Programs

To apply for admission to any adult undergraduate program, visit the Marist Online Adult Admission Application.


We offer two start dates for this online program. Apply by December 1 to start in January or apply by August 1 to start in September.

Marist College has offered the MPA degree since 1980 and, for over 20 years, has partnered with law enforcement agencies in New York State. As part of the academic partnership between Marist College and LASDU, the MPA will be delivered as an online degree program exclusively for law enforcement and criminal justice personnel who are unable to attend traditional courses at our satellite locations or prefer the convenience of online learning.


Marist’s MPA degree program is designed exclusively for law enforcement and criminal justice personnel and combines accelerated scheduling and a reduced pricing structure with the flexibility and convenience of Marist’s online course delivery system. Students in this program represent a diverse mix of law enforcement and criminal justice professionals from local, state, and federal agencies throughout the nation. This combination of experience provides for an intensely rich and beneficial learning experience and allows students the opportunity to widen their professional networks.

The MPA program is comprised of 39-42 credits of graduate coursework (13-14 courses). Students with less than two years of work experience in the public or non-profit sectors will be required to complete a Public Administration internship. All MPA courses are eight weeks in length and offered Spring, Summer and Fall. Semester breaks are included. The entire graduate degree program can be completed in just over two years.

To attend one of our MPA Virtual Information Sessions RSVP at http://think.marist.edu/gaersvp/.


Students of LASDU, and their families, must submit proof of employment with their application in addition to the required support documents as indicated by program at www.marist.edu/admission. For more information, contact Brian Scott at graduate@marist.edu.

Note: Adult undergraduate students are defined as students who began their Marist academic career at age 22 or older. Graduate students are those students who are initiating an application for a stand-alone masters degree through the Office of Graduate Admission.