If you are an Oklahoma resident who is serious about becoming an FBI agent, then you should know that attending school and receiving a higher education is an absolute necessity for reaching your dream successfully. The bureau requires applicants to have at least a bachelor’s degree in a subject of their choice in order to even be considered for admission.

It is even better if you have a higher level degree, such as a master’s degree or a doctoral degree. Before you start worrying about the level degree you want to pursue, however, it is important to assess your academic interests.

While the FBI does claim to accept individuals from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, there are definitely some backgrounds that are more preferred and necessary than others. The best way to find out if your area of academic interest is included on that list is to take the time to research and look at different available FBI careers.

If you are not having much luck finding one that matches up to your academic interests, it might be a good idea to reassess your educational plans or your decision to be a part of the FBI.

Of course, this is not to say that the FBI does not sometimes choose applicants from seemingly unrelated academic backgrounds. However, it is much more likely that you will be chosen if you major in a high needs area.

Some examples of suitable or helpful educational background for prospective FBI agents include criminal justice, crime scene investigation, criminology, engineering, and any kind of scientific studies, higher level mathematics, accounting, finance, military experience and/or schooling, computer science, computer information technology, computer net working, and many other related areas.

In the FBI, though, you have to be willing to “walk the walk,” though, not just “talk the talk,” and, as such, will be required to have at least two to three years of work experience related to your degree area.

Choosing the right college or university from which to gain your education is every bit as important as what classes and/or major you choose, perhaps even more so. The wrong college or university, especially one that isn’t fully accredited, will not get you anywhere near reaching your FBI goals and can, in fact, set you back.

That is why it is so important to do your research and to learn all that you can about schools you are interested in before you enroll or sign up for any classes.

There are definitely some “tried and true” schools in the state, ones that are obviously accredited and that have sent FBI agents out into the field. While you are in no way required to attend one of these schools, they tend to be safe bets for those who are unsure of the accreditation status of their prospective institution or who just want to be on the safe side.

Common choices in the state include Cameron University, located in Lawton, and East Central University in Ada, There’s also Langston University of Langston, Northeastern State University at Tahlequah, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. Plus, don’t forget other options like Oklahoma Panhandle State University of Goodwell, Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, and Oklahoma State University, located in Oklahoma City.

There’s also an Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, as well as the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences of Tulsa. Other choices include Rogers State University at Claremore, Southeastern State University, located in Durant, and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, as well as the University of Central Oklahoma of Edmond and the University of Oklahoma at Norman.