What university should I choose if I want to become an FBI agent?
If you have specialized skills in STEM, linguistics or technology, you could have a promising career in the FBI.
In terms of enhancing your FBI application, the specific college you attend isn’t as important as your major, specialized skills and subsequent work experience. Because FBI agent prerequisites and training are stringent, you should attend a university where you’ll be challenged academically and have ample opportunity to explore and develop your unique talents.
If you already know what you want to major in, seek out a school or program with a strong reputation and ranking in that field. Also keep in mind your college grades and overall GPA will be a factor. Wherever you decide to apply, make sure it’s an accredited institution so your degree meets the requirement.
We’ve compiled a great resource with recommended high school classes for college admissions at top institutions in Wisconsin and nationwide. eAchieve students also have access to an academic advisor and guidance counselor who can help you select and apply to a university.
What’s the best major for an FBI agent?
The best majors for FBI special agents are:
- Chemistry, Physics, Biology or other hard science
- International Relations
- Computer Science
- Management Information Systems
In addition to a four-year degree, you need at least two years’ experience working in a field related to your college major. If you go on to earn a master’s degree you only need one year of related work experience.
You can also be considered as a candidate if you have a major in Criminal Justice, Psychology or Political Science – IF you possess at least one other “critical skill” which could mean a post-graduate degree or experience in military intelligence.
Is it hard to get into the FBI?
Requirements are stringent, but for qualified candidates the process is more ‘intensive’ than it is ‘hard.’ Prerequisites for FBI applicants include:
- Age between 23 and 36
- Written tests
- Oral exams
- Medical exam
- Fitness test
- Psychological evaluation
- Background investigation
- Lie detector test
If you meet all requirements and are accepted, you’ll head to 17 weeks of training at the FBI academy in Virginia.
The best way to learn exactly how to prepare is checking with an FBI field office in your area – there may be additional restrictions.
eAchieve Academy has the resources to help you prepare in high school for a role in the FBI:
- Special agent
- Intelligence analyst
- Surveillance professional
- Forensic accountant
- Linguistic expert
- FBI Computer Scientist
- Administrative support
- Facilities & logistics expert
- Victim specialist
- Legal counsel
- Security specialist
- Public affairs specialist
There are many different roles and career paths within the FBI. Whether you’ve set your sights on a specific job title or aren’t sure how your skills would best serve, it’s never too early to start preparing.
More about eAchieve Academy
You’re not limited to the courses offered at your local school. We have a very wide range of online high school courses and electives, and students living anywhere in Wisconsin are eligible to enroll with ZERO tuition costs. Students outside Wisconsin are also welcome to enroll, with paid tuition.
If you’re considering making the switch, find out more about how online high school works. We also offer part-time enrollment so you can stay at your current school and take one or two online classes every semester. This is a great way to make up credits or graduate early.
Every class is accredited, and every instructor is a Wisconsin state certified teacher with years of experience. The diploma you earn from our online school is 100% as legitimate as any other public high school diploma.