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 earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice will be ready for a career in corrections, criminal investigation, law enforcement, forensics or criminology.

The university’s criminal justice major introduces students to evidence-based practices and responds to employer demands for critical thinkers, effective communicators and ethical decision makers — all of which are vital to being competitive in today’s marketplace.

The program’s robust internship opportunities give students opportunities to be placed in local, state, and federal law enforcement, regional prisons, community-based corrections, law offices, juvenile court and detention, and youth treatment programs.

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.

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
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

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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