Associate in Business (DTA/MRP)

Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/Major Related Program (MRP)

(90 credits)

Program Description

Many students choose to earn a degree in business because it teaches skills that are transferrable across many industries and careers.

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.

Career Opportunities

General and Operations Manager

Chief Executive

Administrative Service Manager

Additional Information

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)
  7. 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.

  8. 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.