If you are between the ages of twenty-three and thirty- six years old, have a clean criminal background, and are willing to submit yourself to various intellectual, psychological, and health testing, then a career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) might just be a good fit for you.

The good news is that, in the state of Montana, you have lots of options for pursuing a degree that could lead right into a career in the FBI. Contrary to popular belief, there is no FBI major offered at any college or university, and the programs that you see online that promise to get you a spot in the FBI are not legitimate.

Instead, it is up to you to learn about the different areas of expertise FBI agents may specialize in, to get your education in one of those fields, and then to apply for acceptance to the FBI, which is extremely competitive.

While you can essentially major in just about anything you like- individuals from a wide variety of academic backgrounds have been accepted to the FBI, there are definitely some majors that are more commonly seen in the FBI than others. Popular majors that you might want to think about include engineering, any type of scientific studies, a specific foreign language or linguistics, accounting, finance, criminology, and criminal justice.

Remember that the FBI is extremely selective. This means that, unlike in many other fields, a two year associate’s degree is simply not enough. You can earn an associate’s degree and then transfer your credits to an accredited bachelor’s degree program, but that is really your only option with a two year degree.

For acceptance into the FBI, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree in the subject of your choice, and it is even better if you have a master’s degree or a doctorate degree.

You may be curious as to why the majors listed in the paragraph above are some of the most commonly selected ones. The main reason for this is the fact that FBI members are required to possess at least one (better yet if they possess more than one) skill off a list of skills deemed useful for FBI service, and these skills tend to overlap with certain academic choices.

These skills include accounting, either a degree in or two years of work experience; computer science knowledge or work experience; information technology knowledge or work experience; engineering skills; fluency in another language; law enforcement experience or degree; investigative experience or degree; time in the military; physical science degree or experience.

Those who have all of these qualifications are encouraged to submit an application for FBI acceptance. Those who are accepted go on to complete training at a special training base located in the state of Virginia. Surviving the intensive training successfully is followed by actual work and usually a very entry level position in the field. From there, agents can work their way up.