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Detroit Police Department Degree Completion Pathway Program FAQs

A: All employees of the Detroit Police Department (DPD) are eligible to participate in the Cleary University Degree Completion Pathway Program.

A. Pathway programs are available for three distinct segments of the DPD based on their professional experience and training.  These tracks are: 


  • Degree completion program for experienced officers – 30 credits to graduation


  • Degree completion for Mid-level officers – 57 credits to graduation


  • Degree completion for Entry-Level officers – 81 credits to graduation

A. Depending on your work life and professional experience, you can complete your degree in as little as 12 months.  Other tracks may range from 1.5 to 3 years to complete your program of study. 

A.  Each student varies, however, the maximum amount a student can transfer in is 90 semester credit hours or 75% of a bachelor’s degree.

A. Prior learning is the process by which DPD employees will receive prior learning credit through Cleary’s proprietary Prior Learning Assessment Process (PLA) which maximizes transfer credits, reduces costs, and decreases time to degree. Prior learning including transfer credits, credit by exemption, experiential credits, professional training (i.e. MCOLES), work-life experience, will be evaluated for college-level credit and applied toward your degree.

A. Classes will be held one evening per week, onsite, face-to-face/hybrid at DPD Training Academy. 

A. Cleary University will assess each student’s unique situation prior to any transfers or transitions. 

A. Students who withdraw from the Program and are in good standing (2.0 GPA or above) must resume their degree within 12-months to maintain their degree status.

A. Students who leave during an active course are subject to Cleary’s withdrawal policies for DPD students.

A. No, however, Cleary University has established a 25% discount off published tuition and would be able to enroll through regular university admissions processes.

A. Regardless of what Track you enroll in based on your work/life experience this custom program will result in your earning a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (BBA) with a concentration in Diversity, Leadership and Public Safety.

A: As part of this exclusive pathway agreement, your maximum out-of-pocket expenses per year will NOT exceed $5,000.  This also includes ALL digital books and course materials throughout your program of study.

A. Yes, as a DPD member you received an annual tuition reimbursement of $2,000 which will be directly billed to the DPD for application to your student balance.

A: Visit www.cleary.edu/detroitpolice for information about programs, application process, financial aid, admission requirements. For information specifically regarding Cleary University please go to www.cleary.edu.

A: Yes, Cleary University is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission https://www.hlcommission.org

A: Yes, you must complete Cleary application for admission requirements, as well as any supplemental information required by the Cleary University Records Department. They will evaluate your previous academic transcripts. Students may request an official transcript by ordering through the Parchment storefront found at: https://exchange.parchment.com/send/adds/index.php?main_page=login&s_id=aSgHojQfp9D3IOKm

A. Yes, these pathway programs were designed with working DPD employee in mind and include access to tutoring, advising, and student support services.  In addition, students will have access to career counseling and placement services throughout the duration of their program and for life once they earn their degree from Cleary University. 

A: Discuss options with our DPD Program Specialists: 

Dr. Regina Banks-Hall | e: rbanks-hall@cleary.edu  t: 517.

Ms. LaTasha Ellis | e: lellis@cleary.edu t: 313.

A: We encourage all students to apply for Financial Aid to maximize any and all grant monies available at the state and federal levels.  We do require TRACK B and TRACK C participants to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to being registered for classes. You can do so online at: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa. All federal grants (free money) will be applied toward tuition;

A: Yes, they are dependent upon which Track you are enrolled ranging 12 months (Track A | Experienced Officers) to 2.5 years (Track C | Entry Level Officers). 

A: You can continue your education at Cleary; however, you will revert to the standard university Courage and Public Service tuition rates. Each semester all participants will be approved by DPD to confirm they are in good standing with the department. 

A: Students can use an iPad, Chromebook, PC, or Mac with access to WiFi. 

A:  Yes, you can, and we are currently working with members of the DPD leadership to establish custom masters’ programs that meet the needs of aspiring and existing DPD employees. 

A: The Degree Completion Pathways Program is custom for DPD and courses are scheduled on an unique calendar to reduce the time to complete a degree. Each semester can vary; however, most courses are six (6) weeks in duration. Tracks also include periodic 18-week courses that last for the duration of one, 18-week semester There are three or four classes per each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer).