If you are a North Dakota resident with hopes of becoming an FBI agent, you should know that having a formal education is absolutely imperative to your success. The more schooling you have and the more geared it is toward common FBI agent services and careers, the more likely it is that your application will be accepted, and you will be invited to continue on to the training process.

With so many steps to follow and requirements to meet, you can at least make the educational part of your journey simpler by choosing to make smart choices.

First of all, as you begin taking steps toward reaching your career goal, know and plan for the fact that you will need to earn at least a bachelor’s degree. That degree, no matter what it is in, needs to come from a fully accredited college or university in order to be considered valid and acceptable to the FBI.

The good news is that North Dakota has many higher learning institutions to choose from, and you also have the option of going online for school, going partially online, or receiving your associate’s degree from a community college or trade school and then transferring the credits earned to work toward a bachelor’s degree.

In theory, you can have a career in the FBI with absolutely any major or subject area concentration. However, the real truth is that, in most cases, the FBI is interested in those who have specific degrees or academic concentrations.

Commonly chosen majors for successful FBI agents include foreign languages; engineering, criminal justice, criminology, pre-law or completion of law school, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, computer information technology, accounting, finance, mathematics, and other closely related areas.

If your interests fall in one of these or a related area, your chances of being admitted to the FBI are greatly improved.

When you have selected a major, then it is time to find schools that offer that major and, from among those, to make your decision about which one is the best fit for you. As mentioned earlier, North Dakota most certainly has no shortage of choices. Popular institutions for those seeking a career in the FBI in the state include Bismarck State College, which is located in Bismarck, and Williston State College in Williston.

There’s also Dickinson State University of Dickinson, Valley City State University at Valley City, and Lake Region State College, located in Devils Lake. Other fine choices are the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Mayville State University in Mayville, North Dakota State College of Science of Wahpeton, and Dakota College at Bottineau.

Of course, you are in no way limited to just the schools listed above. This is especially true in today’s modern world where you can go online and apply for schools located across the world. If you do go the route of online schooling, though, you will need to be especially careful to avoid scams.

There are certainly plenty of good, legitimate online schools out there, but it takes work and research to find them. Remember that only accredited schools are considered to be legitimate and worth your while.

Don’t underestimate, either, the value of a good community college or vocational or technical school. While most of these institutions only grant associate’s degrees, which are not high enough degrees to help you reach your goals, you can earn your associate’s degree, usually in around two years, from one of these affordable institutions and then transfer your credits to a bachelor’s degree program to be completed.