Detroit Police Department Partnership
The Detroit Police Department was established in 1865 and since then they have been innovators in their field. In 1921, the Detroit Police Department became the first police department in the country to utilize radio dispatch in their cars. Over the years they launched several initiatives, such as Neighborhood Policing Officers, Citizens Police Academy, Clergy Advisory Board and many more. By 2014, the department had been composed of twelve precincts all with the same mission, to be a model of sustained policing excellence that places their neighborhoods and people first.
The Detroit Police Department and its members are firmly committed to providing professional police services to Detroit citizens and visitors. The dedicated men and women do an outstanding job of serving and protecting the people of the city of Detroit and are committed to continuing their pursuit toward reducing crime, building safe neighborhoods and making Detroit a true renaissance city for their citizens, businesses, and visitors.
Marist recognizes the importance of providing affordable educational opportunities to the men and women of the Detroit Police Department. All sworn officers, civilian employees, along with their immediate adult family members, will receive the following benefits:
A tuition discount on eligible graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs. 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.
Detroit Police Department employees and their immediate adult family members must show proof of employment 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.
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 the Detroit Police Department, 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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