Six of the courses from CNU ONLINE's governmental administration major, tailored for law enforcement officers, provide the foundation for MAPSI. The courses address leadership strategies, human resource management, planning and evaluation, budget, ethics in government, and police organization and management.
After completing four courses, MAPSI students receive a certificate.
CNU ONLINE and MAPSI courses allow students to complete the required work at a pace that complements their work and personal schedules.
Four half-day Saturday workshops give MAPSI students practical information designed specifically for working police officers.
The Saturday workshops mark the only difference in course structure for MAPSI students.
The CNU ONLINE and MAPSI programs use a point-and-click, Windows-based system.
A grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice allows the university to offset this expense with a tuition adjustment for MAPSI students.
Some agencies have allowed their officers to attend MAPSI full time; others, one or two classes a semester.