Learn How to Become a Diplomatic Security Special Agent

To be considered for a Diplomatic Security Special Agent position an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor's degree, be between 21 years of age and not yet 37 years of age by time of appointment. Listed below are colleges and universities that have been regionally or nationally accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. These colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in areas of study commonly held by current Diplomatic Security Special Agents.

Without the bachelor's degree, applicants may have no chance of being considered. A degree in Criminal Justice or a related field is a popular choice. Contact the schools to learn more about their programs. Applicants may be considered as long as they receive their bachelor's degree within 9 months of the closing date for applications. These are the most general and critical qualifications to consider, to see all requirements and when applications are accepted please, visit the U.S. Department of State website.(1)

What do Diplomatic Security Special Agents Do?

Upon completion of the 7 month program, Diplomatic Security Special Agents are considered federal law enforcement officers and carry a firearm. They are assigned to embassies or related facilities domestically or overseas. Most assignments do come overseas and many Diplomatic Security special agents spend their entire career working overseas. Duties performed by Diplomatic Security Special Agents include managing the security for the facility they are stationed at, protecting Foreign Service personnel, facilities and sensitive information stored at the facility. They also provide protection for the Secretary of State and foreign dignitaries visiting the U.S. Other law enforcement related duties may include criminal investigations, counter intelligence, counterterrorism investigations, as well as developing and implementing security programs for their facility and coordinating with local security agencies.

Diplomatic Security Special Agent Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for police and detectives is $56,980. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

California Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Reseda, Gardena, Santa Ana, La Puente

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Private & Homeland Security

Missouri Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Kansas City

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Private & Homeland Security

Florida Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Orlando

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Criminal Justice - Private & Homeland Security

Online Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • BSCJ - Law Enforcement
  • MSCJ - Law

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts - Law Enforcement Administration (Online)

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Campuses: Online

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science - Public Administration: Law Enforcement

Minnesota Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Lake Elmo, Bloomington, St. Cloud, Eagan, Mankato, Brooklyn Park, Moorhead

Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate - Law Enforcement Academics
  • Certificate - Law Enforcement Skills
  • Associate's - Law Enforcement

Ontario Criminal Justice Schools

Campuses: Kingston, Burlington, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Oshawa

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma in Police Foundations

British Columbia Criminal Justice Schools

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Campuses: Surrey

Degrees Offered:

  • Diploma - Law Enforcement Foundations

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Program outcomes vary according to each institution's specific curriculum and employment opportunities are not guaranteed.
Earning a degree may not qualify you for specialized careers that require more education or experience in the field.