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Associate in Business - Direct Transfer Agreement (BUCBUAA)

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate in Business-DTA (AB-DTA) degree. It is intended to allow you to transfer to a four-year university or college Business Bachelor's degree program with your first two years of schooling completed. Completion of your bachelor's degree opens doors to a ...

This pathway meets requirements for the Associate in Business-DTA (AB-DTA) degree. It is intended to allow you to transfer to a four-year university or college Business Bachelor's degree program with your first two years of schooling completed. Completion of your bachelor's degree opens doors to a variety of careers in sectors of business, government, and non-profit work.  

Students in this pathway develop knowledge around various business areas and functions such as accounting, marketing, statistics, finance, business
law, and business management. Students also develop skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, teamwork and collaboration,
leadership, troubleshooting and problem solving with technology, professionalism, intercultural competence, and career exploration. Competencies
in these areas consistently rank at the top of employer wish lists.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Units
Associate in Business - Direct Transfer Agreement (BUCBUAA) Full time : 6 90

You may need more or fewer units depending on your transferred credits, individual situation, and goals.

Before Quarter One

Step 1: Apply and register at North Seattle College anytime (the application is always free). Once you become a student, register for classes using the online class schedule and go to the academic calendar for registration dates and tuition deadlines.

Step 2: See an advisor to create a personalized educational plan by the end of your second quarter. Your plan will include prerequisites, graduation requirements, and transfer preparation if you plan to transfer to another college or university to earn a bachelor's degree.

A sample schedule and quarterly to-do list are below. The schedule and to-do list will help you explore courses and complete tasks on time. The guide assumes a fall quarter start, but you can begin in any quarter.

Note about the sample schedule: Courses are offered in various formats and may not be offered each quarter. Click the button with arrows throughout the map to expand the section and view detailed information.

Sample Schedule and Quarterly To-Do List

90 Units

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Quarter 1
To-Do List
To-Do List
Intro to Business
5 units
English Composition I
5 units
MATH116 or MATH&141
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 2
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Create an educational plan with your assigned advisor.
  • Visit Career Services office in the OCE&E building to learn about career/job exploration resources.
  • Attend the “Exploring Careers and Majors Workshop” or meet with a counselor.
  • Apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year in Winter or Spring quarter to maximize your funding options.


Composition II
5 units
MATH&148 or MATH&151 Calculus I or higher
Choose a course
5 units
PHIL110 or POLS&203
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 3
To-Do List
To-Do List


CMST205 or HUM105
Choose a course
5 units
Micro Economics
5 units
World Language I
5 units
Quarter 4
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Update your educational plan and confirm your program of study with your assigned advisor.
  • Update your resume for job search an attend an interview prep workshop
  • Conduct informational interviews and do job shadowing.
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and clean up your online presence.
  • Meet with a North BAS advisor and consider applying.
  • Develop networking opportunities (i.e. volunteer work, internships, professional organizations).


Principles of Accounting I
5 units
CHEM&110 or ENVS&101 or Natural World Lab Science
Choose a course
5 units
Macro Economics
5 units
Quarter 5
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Research future education options such as the BAS in Business.
  • Attend transfer events at North, universities of interest, and other employer-career events.
  • Ensure all Academic Exception paperwork is submitted (such as course substitutions, transfer credit, and PLA) as needed.
  • Apply for the AB-DTA in General Business degree in ctcLink. Check with your assigned advisor to be sure you are meeting degree requirements. 


Principles of Accounting II
5 units
Business Law
5 units
CSC111 or GEOL106
Choose a course
5 units
Quarter 6
To-Do List
To-Do List
  • Check in with university for transfer plan.
  • Add your classmates on LinkedIn to grow your network and keep in touch.
  • Order cap and gown for commencement and join alumni association.
  • Attend on-campus graduation fair and commencement ceremony.
Prin of Accounting III
5 units
Bus & Econ Statistic
5 units
Public Speaking
5 units

More Information

A Business pathway can lead to various career opportunities. Examples include:

  • Business Management
  • Business Analysis
  • Business Development
  • Budget Analysis
  • Customer Service
  • Supply Chain
  • Finance, Banking & Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • Project Management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Logistics
  • Data Analytics

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Once you complete the Associate in Business-DTA degree, additional education opportunities include:

  •  A Bachelor's degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or a related field at a four-year college or university. 
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges.

North Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including the University of Washington, Washington State University, and Seattle University. Business graduates from North have also transferred to out-of-state institutions. 

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an area of study advisor to create an educational plan tailored for you.

Learn more about the Transfer process, Transfer agreements, and Bachelor’s degrees including transferring to top universities around the state and nation, such as Historically Black Universities and Colleges.

Financial Aid and Funding Resources

It's time to apply for Financial Aid for next year by completing
either the FAFSA or the WASFA 2022-23.

Need help paying for college?

All students in need should apply for financial aid – do not assume you are not eligible! Visit Financial Aid to learn more about
the application steps and types of financial aid available, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back.

Take the Start Next Quarter survey to find out if you are eligible for workforce education funding. Some students may be eligible for Workforce Education tuition assistance programs depending on program of study, family income and family size, DSHS assistance, unemployment/employment status of self
or spouse, or veteran status. Take this short survey to find out if you pre-qualify for funding.


Area of Study

Business and Accounting

Advising Contact

Contact the Business & Accounting Area of Study advisor