Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Program (MRP)

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Program Description

Based on a state-wide transfer agreement, the Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program, sometimes referred to as the Associate in Arts, is designed for persons interested in preparing for a business major and to enter as a junior at most baccalaureate institutions in the State of Washington.  The courses outlined are considered course equivalents to the similar required lower division courses offered at the receiving baccalaureate institution.

Program Outcomes

Students completing the Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement degree will be prepared to:

  • Appreciate the multiple contexts of business--social, political, economic and legal--within a domestic and global environment
  • Define how elements of the legal environment impact business
  • Record transactions and prepare financial statements for a business entity

Additional Information

Business School Admission

Admission to Washington public baccalaureate Schools of Business is not guaranteed to students holding an Associate in Business – DTA Degree.  It is strongly recommended that students contact the baccalaureate-granting Business School early in their Associate in Business – DTA program to be advised about additional requirements (e.g., GPA) and procedures for admission.

Please note that admission for many Business schools is competitive and higher grade-point averages and course grades are often required.  Please check with your destination school and college.  In addition, the minimum grade for business courses is a 2.0.  These courses are denoted by an asterisk (*).  UW Bothell requires a minimum of 2.0 in all prerequisite courses.

Specific University Information
For program planning purposes, students are advised that the lower-division requirements for individual Washington public university business schools may vary.


  1. To meet current EWU requirements, the second English Composition course must be equivalent to EWU’s English 201- College Composition: Analysis, Research, and Documentation.
  2. Students intending the international business major should consult their potential transfer institutions regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major. Five (5) credits in world languages may apply to the Humanities requirement.
  3. Students are encouraged to include a speech or oral communication course (not small group communication).
  4. Students intending the manufacturing management major at WWU should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.
  5. International students who completed a business law course specific to their home country must take a business law course at a U.S. institution in order to demonstrate proficiency in U.S. business law.
  6. Four institutions have requirements for admission to the major that go beyond those specified above. Students can meet these requirements by careful selection of the elective University Course Equivalent to:

WSU (all campuses): Management Information Systems MIS 250
Gonzaga: Management Information Systems BMIS 235
PLU: computer applications CSCE 120, either an equivalent course or skills test
SPU: Spreadsheets BUS 1700, either an equivalent course or skills test
WWU: Introduction to Business Computer Systems MIS 220 (for transfer students entering fall 2014)


Additional Program Information

Educational Plan

Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement /Major Related Program

90 credits

Core Requirements

10 credits (see note1)

No course description for: ENGL&101
No course description for: ENGL&102

10 credits total must include 5 credits of business calculus, Calculus I or a higher level math that includes calculus as a prerequisite. May include finite math or pre-calculus prerequisites for calculus or other courses to prepare for bus. calculus.

No course description for: MATH&148

10 Credits in QUANTITATIVE

15 credits from 3 disciplines Choose from General Education (AA) (No more than 5 credits in performance/skill courses are allowed. No more than 5 credits of foreign language at the first year level) (see notes 2, 3)

15 Credits in HUMANITIES

Social Science

No course description for: ECON&201
No course description for: ECON&202
Choose a social science course from a different discipline (see note 5)

Natural Science
15 credits from 3 disciplines. Must include 1 lab science.(see note 4)

No course description for: MATH&146


Physical, Biological, and/or Earth Science
Additional Natural Science

Business (see note 5)

No course description for: ACCT&201
No course description for: ACCT&202
No course description for: ACCT&203
No course description for: BUS&201

Universities with a lower division Business Law requirement UW (all campuses), WSU (all campuses) EWU, CWU, WWU, Gonzaga, SMU, SPU, Whitworth.

The following institutions do not require a lower division Business Law course and agree to accept the course taken as part of this degree as a lower division elective, but generally not as an equivalent to the course required at the upper division: Heritage, PLU, SU, and Walla Walla University.

5 credits of non-business electives except as noted in Note 5.

DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: South Puget Sound Community College requires all new students as of summer 2005 seeking an Associate Degree to complete a “diversity” course which meets the college criteria for listing as a diversity course and has been approved for such listing by the college Instructional Council prior to the student enrolling in the class.

Effective Catalog Year 2016-2017, Revised May 28, 2014