Graduate Overview Video
Learn more about the value of a graduate degree from Marist College and our innovative approaches for online learning and instructional technology in the classroom.
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
The 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 OFCS
Marist recognizes the importance of providing affordable educational opportunities to OCFS employees. Employees, along with their immediate adult family members, will receive the following benefits:
- A tuition discount on eligible graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs. For our complete list of eligible programs and discounted pricing visit our eligible programs and pricing page.
- Options for Full-Time and Part-Time Master's and Bachelor's degree programs offered 100% online, in-class or a mix of both.
- Enjoy state of the art classrooms for our Bachelor’s and Master’s programs offered on our Main Campus in Poughkeepsie, NY. We also offer a classroom-based MPA option at our satellite locations in Queens, NY, and Albany, NY.
Employees and their families must show proof of employment and be 22 years of age, or older, in order to qualify for the partnership tuition rate.
Adult undergraduate students are defined as students who began their Marist academic career at age 22 or older and who are applying through the office of Adult Undergraduate Admission. Graduate students are those students who are initiating an application for a stand-alone masters degree through the Office of Graduate Admission.
Final determination of eligibility is made by Marist College.
Complete our online inquiry form to receive more information. All contact information provided is confidential.
Marist College offers students a variety of programs on-site and online for both graduate and adult undergraduate (ages 22+) learners. Please visit our eligible programs page for more information.
Marist College 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 to assist 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 meets the needs of the busy law enforcement professional by combining 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.
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