Texas residents who have dreams of working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should know that it is completely possible to make those dreams a reality. FBI agents are just like anyone else; they had a career goal in mind and went after it.

The only difference is that the FBI is, of course, quite picky about whom it will allow serving. You will never know, though, if you have what it takes to be an FBI agent unless you try. And, even if you are not accepted, you really have nothing to lose; you will still gain some great, very useful things in the process.

The first, big requirement you need to meet in order to be accepted as an FBI agent is to have an education. Your education should consist of at least a bachelor’s degree, though higher level degrees, such as master’s degrees and doctoral degrees are highly preferred.

The FBI accepts those from a wide range of academic backgrounds, though there are certainly some educational areas that are more common among FBI agents and more in demand by the bureau itself. These include areas that directly relate to FBI careers, such as law enforcement ,investigation, criminology, criminal justice, computer studies, information technology, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, higher level mathematics, accounting, foreign languages, international studies, and many others.

You don’t have to choose one of these degree areas, but doing so can increase your chances for acceptance to the FBI.

The good thing about living in the state of Texas is that there is certainly no shortage of fine colleges, universities, and other academic institutions to choose from. Any accredited school is a way to make a fine start for yourself and to get the educational credentials you need for FBI service.

Some traditional colleges and universities that have been attended by those who currently serve in the FBI or who have served in the FBI include The University of Houston, which has locations in Houston, in Clear Lake, in Downtown, and in Victoria, and the University of North Texas, which has locations in Dallas and a special Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

There’s also the University of Texas, with locations in Arlington, Austin, Brownsville (which also includes Texas Southmost College), Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, Tyler, a health science center in Houston, a health science center in San Antonio, in the Bermian Basin, and in Pan American.

Less expansive choices include the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M International University, and Texas A&M University, with locations in Commerce, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Texarkana, Central Texas, and Kingsville. There’s also Prairie View A&M University, Tarleton State University, Lamar University, and Sam Houston State University.

Not to mention other commonly chosen schools such as Sul Ross State University, Texas State University at San Marcos, Angelo State University, and Texas Tech University.

Many students have also found success and the keys to their future attending the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Midwestern State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, or Texas Southern University. Private colleges, though more expensive, are also viable options and include Texas Woman’s University, Austin College, and Dallas Baptist University.

These schools represent just a few of many fine schools in the state. Other available options are the University of Dallas, McMurry University, Paul Quinn College, and Schreiner University. These schools are commonly attended as well: Southwestern University, Texas Lutheran University, and Texas State Technical College, which has locations in Harlingen, Marshall, Waco, and Sweetwater.

There’s also the University of Houston Law Center, the University of Texas School of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and Texas Tech University School of Law. Don’t forget, either, the University of North Texas System School of Law, Baylor Law School, Dedman School of Law, or St. Mary’s University School of Law. Other law colleges are South Texas College of Law, and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.

Less common but still viable choices include Abilene Christian University, Amberton University, Arlington Baptist College, and Bay Ridge Christian College. Smaller schools in the state are Baylor University, Central Western University, the College of Saint Thomas More, Concordia University, and Dallas Christian College.