Houston Police Department Partnership
It is the mission of the Houston Police Department to enhance the quality of life in the city of Houston by working cooperatively with the public to prevent crime, enforce the law, preserve the peace, and provide a safe environment. The HPD is the 5th largest police agency in the United States with a staff of 5400 sworn police officers and more than 1600 civilian employees. They believe their employees are its most valuable asset and strive to improve the working environment for the department's employees by engaging in open and honest communication and demonstrating a genuine concern for one another. The Houston Police Department is dedicated to upholding this country's democratic values as embodied in the Constitution and dedicate themselves to the preservation of liberty and justice for all.
Marist recognizes the importance of providing affordable educational opportunities to the men and women of the Houston 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. 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.
Houston 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 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 Houston 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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