The Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA)/ Major Ready Pathway (MRP) degree is a 90-credit transfer degree designed for students who plan to attend a four-year college or university and major in business. To earn the AB DTA/MRP degree, students must complete coursework in English composition, math, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and specific business requirements.


Students who complete the Associate in Business DTA/MRP degree can fulfill many of the general education and business major prerequisites required for most Washington state four-year colleges and university business programs.

NSC offers courses in Global Studies and US Cultures as part of this degree.

Learning Outcomes
  • Have college-level knowledge and skills in critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and written composition.
  • Have college-level mastery of information literacy and technology literacy.
  • Understand methods and modes of inquiry specific to traditional and contemporary areas of knowledge in the humanities and arts, natural and physical sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences.
  • Understand the United States as a multicultural society.

Because the rules for sucessful completion of this degree and transfer of credits to other institutions are complex, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor, and consult with a faculty member in their field of study, who will assist in developing a program of study.

Students should also meet with a transfer advisor at the intended four-year institution to determine which degree will best serve their needs, get assistance in developing an educational plan, and get guidance in course selections. It should not be assumed that earning this degree constitutes completion of the general college or university requirements of the institution to which one intends to transfer. Nor should one assume that earning this degree guarantees admission to Washington public baccalaureate schools of business.

It is strongly recommended that students contact the baccalaureate-granting business school early in their program to be advised about additional requirements (overall minimum GPA, a higher GPA in a selected group of courses or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses, specific course choices where options are available) and procedures for admission. 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. For program planning purposes, students are advised that the lower-division requirements for individual Washington public and private university business schools may vary.


Completion of the Associate in Business degree requires earning 90 credits of college-level courses (numbered 100 or greater) with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better. At least 15 credits from courses numbered 100 or greater must be earned from NSC. Students with incoming credits from other colleges or universities must request an official evaluation after registering for the first time at NSC.

In addition, students must complete an application to graduate. The application must be submitted no later than  three weeks prior to the start of your final quarter. Transferability of courses must be coordinated between you and the institution to which you plan to transfer. Completion of degree requirements, official evaluation requests, and graduation application are the student’s responsibility.

Depending on initial placement testing, students may need to complete prerequisite math and science courses. If so, those courses can be included as part of the major-specific or elective degree requirements provided they also qualify to satisfy those requirements.

Note that many four-year institutions require students to have completed some foreign language credits for admission and/or graduation. Please check with the four-year institution to which you plan on transferring regarding foreign language requirements.

Required Courses
55 credits
from the following list of specifically-required courses must be successfully completed. Note that Heritage, PLU, SU, and Walla Walla College do not require a lower division business law course and agree to accept the course used to fulfill this degree as a lower division elective, rather than equivalent to the course required at their upper division.

  • ENGL&101 and ENGL&102 (Eastern Washington University requires the second English Composition course must be equivalent to their English 201 College Composition: Analysis, Research, and Documentation course; check with your advisor for assistance)
  • MATH116, MATH&141, or higher and MATH&148, MATH&151 or higher
  • ECON&201 and ECON&202
  • ACCT&201, ACCT&202, and ACCT&203
  • BUS&201
  • BUS210, or MATH&146, or MATH211 (Note: MATH 211 is approved by UW, WSU and SU. If you plan to attend a different school, please check to make sure that institution will accept this course)

Minimum Elective Credits and Distribution Requirements
35 credits of additional electives must be earned for successful completion of this degree. The categories, minimum credit requirements, and special conditions required are as follows. Please see the course-equivalency guide for the institution to which you plan on transferring in order to ensure courses will transfer to that institution as expected.

Individuals, Cultures and Societies
5 credits
of social sciences earned must be from this category. However, course with a discipline-prefix of ECON may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Natural World
10 credits
of natural/physical sciences must be earned from this category. Of those, 5 credits (minimum) must be from lab sciences. Students intending to pursue WWU's manufacturing management major should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.

Visual, Literary and Performing Arts
15 credits
of arts and humanities classes must be earned from at least two different disciplines (identified by the course prefix) in this category. However, no more than 5 credits of VLPA studio/performance classes may be used in this category, and no more than 5 credits of college-level (numbered 100 or greater) world language classes may be used to fulfill this category. Students are encouraged to include a speech or oral communication course (not small group communication). Students intending to pursue international business majors should consult the school to which they intend to transfer and verify the level of world language required for admission to that program.

US Cultures
Of the 90 credits required to complete this degree, at least one course must be from the US Cultures category.

5 credits
of elective courses must be successfully completed to earn this degree. Note that the following institutions have requirements for admission to the major program that go beyond those specified for this degree. Students can meet the additional course requirement by careful selection of the elective for this degree. Check with your advisor for assistance.

  • WSU requires course MIS250 (Management Information Systems)
  • Gonzaga requires course BMIS235 (Management Information Systems)
  • PLU requires course CSCE120 (Computer Applications), an equivalent course, or a skills test
  • SPU requires BUS1700 (Spreadsheets), an equivalent course, or a skills test
  • WWU requires Introduction to Business Computer Systems MIS 220 (for transfer students entering fall 2014)

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Revised March 15, 2016
Effective beginning  Fall Quarter 2012