Joseph A. Sinagra

Joseph A. Sinagra is a member of Marist's online MPA Class of 2014. She received a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice from SUNY Empire and is the Police Chief for the Saugerties Police Department.

What are your career goals?  
So far, I’ve reached my goals with respect to my career in law enforcement. In the future, I would like to teach criminal justice in a college setting.  

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist? 
In my pursuit to find the right college to complete my graduate studies, I spent much time researching colleges, their graduate programs, financial obligations, flexibility, ranking in the nation and reputation for quality education. At the end of my evaluation, Marist was at the top of the list… After completing my graduate program, I fully understood why. There is no doubt in my mind that my success thus far in the criminal justice field is directly related to the education I obtained through attending Marist.   

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development.  
By far the number one class for me was policy and budgeting. I use the tools I learned in these classes each and every day I work.  Writing policy is a continuous endeavor, as both legislation of law and methodology of policing are ever changing.  Understanding the process of budget development during these most fiscally difficult times is also a must for any department head to fully understand.   

How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career? 
Having my graduate degree from Marist gave me the edge over the rest of the competition. Whenever anyone interviews before a prospective employer, it is so important to be able to offer something more than your competition has to offer. That is when you stand-out from the rest.  

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist? 
Simply do it and stop making excuses. I went back to college at 45 years of age. I juggled family and a profession while working toward my degree. Also, I found college much easier at this age than I did coming directly out of High School. I found I fully understand the methodologies employed and appreciated my professors much more. 

If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students? 
I completed my studies on-line as I found this provided me the greatest opportunity of flexibility. You need to figure out what time of the day works best for you, as far as study time goes. For me it was early in the morning, I would get up at 05:00 am and spend two hours before getting for work to complete my on-line postings and reading assignments. Before you know it, one semester is over and another has begun, then all of a sudden you finished your last class and graduated. Life is too short to give up on your dreams. If you want to get your degree then do it.

Please feel free to provide additional comments.
You and only you are the only obstacles standing between having a degree or not. The only limitation toward completing your education are the ones you place upon yourself.  

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Profile Type: Alumni
Major: MPA - Public Administration
Academic School: Management
Campus: Online