Getting a job as a FBI agent is not an easy thing, but it all starts with the right education. Going to the best school and choosing the right degree helps individuals boost their chances of acceptance when applying for a job with the FBI.

Here you can find out more about the most popular schools for prospective FBI agents and the degrees they offer in the state of Maine.

Read on and find out everything there is to know about how and where to start a FBI agent career in Maine.

To start with, Maine does not have too many schools that offer degrees in criminal justice, one of the most sought after degrees among those aiming at a FBI agent career. There are fewer than 10 schools in total offering criminal justice programs.

This has obviously led to a deficit in the number and types of specializations available, which means that you might not have as much choice as you like. Most of the programs are, however, offered at both the undergraduate level and the master’s level, and there are plenty of scholarship opportunities. These opportunities are provided by renowned institutions or organizations such as the American Criminal Justice Association.

Kaplan University is the university that offers the most specializations within its criminal justice program. The level of these specializations varies from associate’s degrees, all the way up to bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Some of the majors you may study here include computer crime, crime scene investigation, law enforcement, homeland security, education and the legal system, legal studies, corrections, juvenile justice, forensic psychology, and state and local government, among others. It is important to mention, however, that all the specializations offered by this university are provided online.

Then there is the Husson University, located in Bangor, ME, where you can earn an associate’s degree in criminal justice or paralegal studies, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or paralegal studies, and a certificate in paralegal studies, as well as a master’s degree in criminal justice administration.

An online bachelor of arts is offered by the Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish, ME, and a bachelor of science in criminal justice can be awarded by the Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. Bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, criminal justice administration and forensic psychology are offered by Thomas College in Waterville while justice studies programs at the level of associate’s and bachelors are offered by the University of Maine at Augusta.

Although there are not a ton of choices in the criminal justice field in Maine, keep in mind that this is not your only option for a career in the FBI. You could, for example, choose to major in foreign language or computer science and be met with success.

The best advice is to follow the educational path that you like the most and feel you can excel at. Really, there is no point in studying something you don’t really love, because you likely will not be good at it. And as we all know, the FBI only recruits the very best people in their chosen fields.

In the end, regardless of the path that you choose when starting your career as an FBI agent in Maine, you should always bear in mind that the competition for FBI jobs is very fierce. This is why the prestige of the school where you have studied matters more than what you majored in. In this same way, your academic performance is also extremely vital to your success.

On top of that, you will also need at least three years of work experience in the field you have specialized in, so making sure you choose the field and the career you want to pursue carefully becomes even more important. You are going to be spending a lot of time working and studying in your subject area, so choose wisely.

And always keep in mind, as you make these big and important decisions, that being passionate about the subject or area in which you want to work is half of the battle when it comes to getting the job and career you want and to enjoying a long and successful FBI career.