Criminal Justice

Mount Mercy University’s criminal justice major stands out for its top-notch reputation and long history as one of few schools in the Midwest to offer a four-year criminal justice program.

Mount Mercy’s accomplished faculty prepares future community leaders by blending classroom learning with practical experience through guest speakers, real-to-life situations and internships. Students studying criminal justice will be ready for a career in corrections, criminal investigation, law enforcement, forensics, or criminology

Students are introduced to evidence-based practices and are prepared to take on employer demands for critical thinkers, effective communicators, and ethical decision makers— all of which are vital to being competitive in today’s marketplace.

Juniors and seniors are eligible for internship placement—allowing you to practice classroom knowledge in a real-world setting.

MMU’s 25+ student clubs, including the Criminal Justice Club, encourage students to explore their individual interests.

What can I do with a criminal justice degree?

Graduates from Mount Mercy’s criminal justice program have followed a variety of paths, including:

  • Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
  • Linn County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Cedar Rapids Police Department
  • Lawyer in Private Practice

For those wishing to take their education and career to the next level, Mount Mercy offers a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree. Qualified undergraduate students may take up to 12 graduate credits that count toward both their undergraduate degree and future graduate degree.

Our alumni explain why Mount Mercy is the top school for criminal justice in Iowa:

“The pursuit of excellence the teaching staff and administrators strived to instill in their students was immeasurable. It wasn’t one person or event. It was a lot of people who showed me the right path to take and led by example.”

— Jason Connell '99
Search and Rescue Police Officer
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department,
Las Vegas, NV

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