New York State Career and Volunteer Firefighters
Marist College recognizes the importance of providing affordable educational opportunities and is proud to announce a special academic partnership for all career employees and volunteers of our New York State Fire Departments. As first responders to fires, public safety and medical emergencies, disasters, and terrorist acts, they respond to more than one million calls each year. These men and women protect the lives and property of our residents and visitors every day.
The goal of this partnership is to provide a high-quality education and professional development services that will enhance their career and assist in achieving their professional goals.
Special Pricing for Fire Department Career Employees and Volunteers
Volunteers and employees of departments appearing in the FDID database of the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, 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, volunteers 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 for Fire Service and Law Enforcement Professionals
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 with volunteers and career employees of our New York State Fire Departments, 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.
To attend one of our MPA Virtual Information Sessions RSVP at