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What Is it like to be a DEA agent? What degree do I need to be a DEA agent? Is being a DEA agent hard?

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All special agent candidates must meet one of the following criteria to be considered for DEA Academy training:

A bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.95
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A bachelor’s degree (no minimum GPA requirement) and at least 3 years of specialized experience in any one of the following: engineering, telecommunications, accounting and auditing, piloting aircraft, captaining a sea vessel, or speaking a foreign language (Russian, French, Spanish, Balkan Languages, Nigerian Languages, Urdu, Farsi, Chinese, Mandarin, Hebrew, Arabic, or Japanese)
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An LL.B., master’s degree or Juris Doctor (no minimum GPA requirement)
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Extensive law enforcement experience in undercover work, surveillance operations, drug/narcotics related operations, or evidence collection
Once hired, recruits must complete an 18-week training program at the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, VA. After graduation, entering agents are assigned to one of four divisions:

Operations Division
Operations Support Division
Inspection Division
Intelligence Division
Minimum Requirements and Preferred Degrees for DEA Special Agents
In order to become a special agent with the DEA, candidates should meet the following minimum requirements:

Bachelor’s degree or higher (may be waived for candidates with extensive and closely related law enforcement experience)
At least 21 years of age and younger than 37
Possess a valid driver’s license
U.S. citizenship
Near normal hearing and vision
The preferred fields of study for a candidate serious about learning how to become a DEA agent:

Law (J.D. or LL.B.)
Finance
Criminal justice
Economics
Computer science
Accounting
Engineering
Sociology
Political science
Chemistry
Foreign language
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