Transfer Associate Degrees

Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) - Associate Degree: What Does it Offer Students?

Washington Agreement - The Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree, sometimes called the Associate in Arts or Associate in Arts and Sciences, is the community college degree designed to transfer to most bachelors of arts degrees at all Washington four-year institutions.

For most majors in the arts, humanities and social sciences, the Direct Transfer Agreement is the key Major Related Program. Degrees based on the DTA - degrees structured under the DTA umbrella - provide:

  • Priority consideration in the admissions for most humanities and social science majors public universities ahead of non-degreed transfers.
  • Completion of lower division general education requirements.
  • Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 credits.
  • Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 30 credits of elective courses.
  • Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.

Visit the website for the InterCollege Relations Commission (ICRC), a component of the Washington Council on High School College Relations, for more information on this agreement. The following information can be found in the ICRC Handbook:

  • State agreements
  • List of courses generally accepted in transfer (Appendix A)
  • List of courses generally not accepted in transfer (Appendix B)

Major Related Programs (MRP)

To help transfer students better prepare for the junior year, two-year and four-year institutions work together to create transfer associate pathways outlining the appropriate courses in order for students to be well prepared to enter the major upon transfer – Major Related Program (MRP) pathways follow one of the two statewide transfer agreements – the DTA format or the Associate in Science (AS-T) format .

DTA Based Major Related Programs

DTA Based Pre-Teacher Preparation Programs

There are additional engineering, engineering technology and secondary education science MRPs based on the Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) agreement .


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