How Many Years of College Do You Need in Order to Become an FBI Agent?

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Becoming an FBI agent requires at minimum a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree, which generally takes four years to complete. As of 2014, the FBI is recruiting candidates with accounting, computer science or language degrees.

A candidate must be a certified CPA or work for a minimum of three years at a professional accounting firm to qualify for entry into the FBI accounting program. Entry into the computer program requires a degree in a computer-related discipline or electrical engineering. Absent a degree in that area, a candidate can qualify with certain computer certifications in conjunction with a degree in another field. Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, Punjabi and Vietnamese are a few of the languages that can gain a candidate entry into the language program. There is also an entry program for candidates with law degrees. Candidates with degrees in other fields must also possess an advanced degree or full-time work experience.