If you are a Delaware resident who is ready to step up to the challenge of turning your dreams of becoming an FBI agent into reality, then you will be glad to know that Delaware is home to many wonderful learning opportunities that can help you to achieve your goals.

As you may already know, the FBI requires all of its applicants to have at least a bachelor’s degree. This degree can be in anything, but most accepted applicants have backgrounds in accounting and/or general finance; computer related studies, especially computer science and information technology; foreign languages or linguistics; or any aspect of law, especially criminal justice or law enforcement.

This tip can help you to choose a major that will increase your opportunities for success in the field.

Whatever degree you decide to get, keep in mind that it absolutely must be earned from a fully accredited college or university in order to be considered valid by the FBI. While you can certainly attend any accredited school that you want, some choices have proven more popular among current agents than others.

One of the top schools attended by FBI agents in the state is the Dawn Training Center, located in Wilmington. There’s also Delaware Technical and Community College, with locations in Dover, Georgetown, and Newark, or Wesley College, located in Dover. Widener University, located in Wilmington, is another great choice, as is Wilmington University, located in New Castle.

You might be surprised to see some community colleges included on the above list, but it is becoming more common for people to receive their first formal educational training from such an institution, or even from a trade or technical school.

These institutions tend to be much cheaper than traditional undergraduate institutions and class schedules are also often designed with busy, working adults in mind. Though these schools only offer associates degrees and not the necessary undergraduate degrees, the credits earned can easily be transferred to an accredited undergraduate program.

It is also becoming more and more common for people to choose online schools for their education. Though online schools often get a bad reputation, they have many good qualities. First, they are much cheaper, on average, than traditional institutions of higher learning.

Plus, you can do your work anytime from anywhere with an internet connection. You can also choose schools from all around the world, significantly broadening your choices. The reason that online schools get such a bad reputation, however, is because there are a lot of scams and illegitimate online “schools” out there that are only out to get your money, not to provide you with a good education. You can reduce the risk of attending such a program by being very careful and selective about the online school you choose. Make sure it is fully accredited and offers you every opportunity for success. Obviously, education is the most important factor as to whether or not you will be able to work as an FBI agent, so make sure you take it seriously.