If you are a Louisiana resident with a real interest in becoming an FBI agent, then you are probably already aware that the FBI has set in place several requirements for its applicants.

One of the most important requirements is that all prospective agents possess at least a bachelor’s degree.

This degree can, theoretically, be in absolutely any subject area, but this isn’t to say that there are not some degree areas that are preferred above others. So many people worry about getting into a “good” or the “best” school in terms of how it will affect their careers, but really, having the right major is so much more important.

Majors that are commonly seen in the FBI include accounting, financial services, computer science, computer information systems, computer networking, computer information technology, cyber crime, law enforcement, law, criminal justice, criminology, crime scene investigation, foreign languages, and linguistics. If you can earn a degree in one of these subject areas or in a closely related subject area, then you can more than likely find success and the job that you truly want within the field. Of course, the school you choose to earn your degree from does matter somewhat.

While you don’t necessarily have to go to an Ivy League school in order to be accepted to the FBI, you will want to make sure that you are attending a school that is fully accredited. An unaccredited school will not be able to grant you a legitimate degree, and thus, anything you earn from such an institution will simply be a very expensive and very worthless piece of paper, nothing more. To avoid wasting your time, money, and most importantly, your effort and energy, do your research and choose your school carefully. This is especially important for those going the online schooling route. While there are certainly a lot of fine online schools out there, there are also a ton of scams that exist only to take your money. You have to be doubly careful to check on an online school’s accreditation status and to make sure it is well established and legitimate.

Also, make sure that you do not turn your nose up at community colleges or technical, trade, or vocational schools. These institutions are often looked down upon, but they can be a great option for those for whom traditional schooling is not an option. Such schools often have programs designed with busy parents or working adults in mind, making it easy to work around your schedule. Plus, attending such an institution is far cheaper than attending a traditional college or university. Just know that these schools only grant associates degrees, which can typically be earned in around two years or less, and will eventually require you to transfer the credits earned to an approved undergraduate institution in order to be eligible for a career in the FBI.

Some top choices, all around, of schools for FBI agents include Louisiana State University at Alexandria, and all the other state universities. These include Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University at Eunice, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Outside of the state university system, you can choose from the Paul M. Herbert Law Center, or the Southern University system, with locations in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Shreveport. There are also technical schools, like Louisiana Technical University, and L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College. Any of these fine schools, or any other accredited school in the state, would serve you well.