Iowa Criminal Justice Degrees & Programs

Individuals who are interested in criminal justice careers and wish to earn their degrees in Iowa can choose from 36 schools throughout the state.

Consider online Criminal Justice programs currently accepting applicants:

Iowa Criminal Justice Programs

Available criminal justice schools in Iowa, which consist of a variety of community colleges, technical institutes and universities, offer diploma, certificate, associate, bachelor and master degree programs.

In addition, students can choose from various fields of study, including criminal justice, criminology, forensic science, emergency and disaster management, cyber-crime investigations and police science.

Criminal Justice Scholarships for Iowans

Students pursuing criminal justice degrees may obtain financial help through grants and scholarships. National Scholarships may come from national scholarship funds such as the Youth Scholarship Program. Additionally, Upper Iowa University gives members of the Iowa State Police Association a ten percent discount on tuition.

Criminal Justice Career & Employment Trending

Listed below are the average yearly salaries earned by several criminal justice professions as well as the employment growth percent O*NET predicts they’ll have between 2012 and 2022 and whether the wage in Iowa is lower or higher than the national average.

  • Criminal justice & law enforcement postsecondary teachers – $59,100 -13% – higher
  • Detectives & criminal investigators – $69,400- 3% – lower
  • First-line supervisors of police & detectives $67,000 – 6% – lower
  • Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists – $67,000 – 1% – higher
  • Fish & game wardens – $59,500 – 2% – higher
  • Forensic science technicians – $58,700 – 4% – higher
  • Police & sheriff’s patrol officers – $53,600 – 6% – lower
  • Correctional officers & jailers –$49,100 -5% – higher
  • Private detectives & investigators $38,400 – 27% – lower
  • Judges, magistrate judges & magistrates – $38,100 – 6% – lower by $115,110

Of special interest are the wages for Iowa judges, magistrate judges & magistrates. In most states, this profession has almost the highest wage among criminal justice careers. Not only does it have the lowest of the group mentioned but the wages is substantially lower than $115,100, which is the national average for this occupation. Another interesting fact can be found with private detectives & investigators. They have one of the lower wages and a wage that’s below the national average; however, O*NET predicts they can expect an employment growth of twenty-seven percent from 2012-2022.

All Schools with Criminal Justice Programs in Iowa

Featured online criminal justice programs accepting applicants from Iowa

Campus-based criminal justice schools in Iowa

Ashford University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Clinton, IA 

Briar Cliff University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Sioux City, IA 

Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Bettendorf, IA 

Buena Vista University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Storm Lake, IA 

Des Moines Area Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Ankeny, IA 

Dordt College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Sioux Center, IA 

Ellsworth Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Iowa Falls, IA 

Graceland University-Lamoni
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Lamoni, IA 

Grand View University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Des Moines, IA 

Hawkeye Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Waterloo, IA 

Indian Hills Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Ottumwa, IA 

Iowa Central Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Fort Dodge, IA 

Iowa Lakes Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Estherville, IA 

Iowa State University
Program Areas: Forensic Science and Technology


Ames, IA 

Iowa Wesleyan College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Mount Pleasant, IA 

ITT Technical Institute-Clive
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Clive, IA 

Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Cedar Falls, IA 

Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Cedar Rapids, IA 

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Davenport, IA 

Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Urbandale, IA 

Kaplan University-Mason City Campus
Program Areas: Corrections Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Mason City, IA 

Kirkwood Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Cedar Rapids, IA 

Loras College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Dubuque, IA 

Marshalltown Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration | Criminal Justice/Police Science


Marshalltown, IA 

Mount Mercy University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Cedar Rapids, IA 

North Iowa Area Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science


Mason City, IA 

Saint Ambrose University
Program Areas: Corrections and Criminal Justice Criminal Justice/Safety Studies | Criminalistics and Criminal Science


Davenport, IA 

Simpson College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Forensic Science and Technology


Indianola, IA 

Southeastern Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science | Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


West Burlington, IA 

Southwestern Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism Forensic Science and Technology


Creston, IA 

University of Dubuque
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Dubuque, IA 

University of Iowa
Program Areas: Corrections


Iowa City, IA 

Upper Iowa University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Fayette, IA 

Waldorf College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration


Forest City, IA 

Western Iowa Tech Community College
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Police Science Securities Services Administration/Management |


Sioux City, IA 

William Penn University
Program Areas: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies


Oskaloosa, IA