New York State Office of Children and Family Services

Marist - NYS OCFSThe Office of Children and Family Services serves New York's public by promoting the safety, permanency and well-being of our children, families and communities. OCFS is dedicated to improving the integration of services for New York’s children, youth, families and vulnerable populations to both promoting their development and to protecting them from violence, neglect, abuse and abandonment. The agency provides a system of family support, juvenile justice, child care and child welfare services that promote the safety and well-being of children and adults. Among the operating principles across all program areas are that services should be developmentally appropriate, family-centered and family-driven, community-based, locally responsive, and evidence and outcome based. OCFS works closely with municipalities such as local social services districts and county youth bureaus so that adequate youth development services and programs are available at all levels. They achieve results by setting and enforcing policies, building partnerships, and providing quality services.

SPECIAL PRICING FOR EMPLOYEES OF OCFS

Marist recognizes the importance of providing affordable educational opportunities to OCFS employees. 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. Students may also pursue the option of enrolling in a classroom-based MPA at our satellite locations in New York City or Albany for the same tuition rate. Please contact us for more information.

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 on-site and 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.

*Indicates programs that are also available in an online format.

MARIST COLLEGE-OCFS ONLINE MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MPA) DEGREE PROGRAM

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 OCFS, 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.

MPA PROGRAM STRUCTURE

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/.

Eligibility

Employees and their family members must submit proof of employment with their application in addition to the required support documents as indicated by program.

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.

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