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Associate in Business (AB-DTA/MRP)

The mission of the Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP) program is to prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions for their final two years of undergraduate study in a business-related field.

The courses listed below are required for students planning to transfer to most four-year colleges and universities in the State of Washington. The “Statewide Business DTA Major Related Program (MRP) Agreement”, revised July 2012, specifies the requirements for the AB-DTA/MRP degree.

The agreement’s URL is:

Early in the program, students should check with their intended transfer university/college advisor for specific admissions and business program requirements for course choices where options are listed for Humanities, Natural Science, Social Science, and electives.

A cumulative college GPA of 2.0 is required. Some transfer institutions require a higher overall GPA, a higher GPA in a subset of courses, or a specific minimum grade in one or more courses such as math or English. Check with your planned transfer institution for these requirements.

Advisor / Program Contacts

Full Time Faculty
(360) 475-7374
Full Time Faculty
(360) 475-7378

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:

  1. Define the basic concepts of business and economics, summarize the types of companies that comprise the world of business, and explain business interdependence and competition.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of business trends including globalization and e-commerce.
  3. Explain the role of business and economics in promoting social responsibility and ethical behavior in all levels of business.
  4. Use business and economic concepts to solve business and economic problems.
  5. Define the importance and application of law in American and global business operations.
  6. Demonstrate effective two-way communication skills in the solution of business and economic problems.
  7. Use critical thinking skills in the solution of business and economic problems.
  8. Describe the effects of government regulation and taxation on business and economic activities.

Required & Prerequisite Courses

Basic Requirements

*See course description for prerequisites.
Communication Skills Requirement: 10 credits (see Note 1). Must include ten credits of English composition.
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Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills Requirement: 10 credits. Must include 5 credits of Business Calculus, Calculus I, or a higher level math that includes calculus as a prerequisite.
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Distribution Requirements

Within distribution requirements, linked sequences of courses are encouraged. No more than 10 credits per discipline area.
Humanities Requirement: 15 credits from at least 2 disciplines. (see Notes 2 & 3). Maximum 5 credits in skills performance courses. Maximum 5 credits in foreign language courses. Recommended as one Humanities course: CMST& 220 Public Speaking.
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Social Science Requirement: 15 credits from at least 2 disciplines including ECON& 201 and ECON& 202.
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Natural Science Requirement: 15 credits from at least 2 disciplines. (see Note 4). Statistics, and 10 credits of physical, biological and/or earth science including at least one lab course.
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Business Transfer Requirement: 20 credits (see Note 5).
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Elective Requirement: 5 credits of non-business electives (see Note 6).
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Note 1 – English Composition:

To meet the current EWU requirements, the second English Composition course must be equivalent to EWU’s English 201-College Composition: Analysis, Research, and Documentation. OC’s ENGL& 102 Composition II satisifies this requirement.

Note 2 – Humanities:

Students intending the international business major should consult their potential transfer institutions regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major. 5 credits in world languages may apply to the Humanities requirement.

Note 3 – Humanities:

Students are encouraged to include a speech or oral communication course (not small group communication).

Note 4 – Natural Sciences:

Students intending the manufacturing management major at WWU should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.

Note 5 – Business Courses:

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 proficieny in U.S. business law.

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.

Note 6 – General Electives:

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 Courses Equivalent to OC Courses:

  • WSU (all campuses): Management Information Systems MIS 250 (OC: CIS 101 and CIS 110)
  • Gonzaga: Management Information Systems BMIS 235 (OC: No transfer course on record)
  • PLU: computer applications CSCE 120, either an equivalent course or skills test (OC: No transfer course on record)
  • WWU: Introduction to Business Computer Systems MIS220 (OC: No transfer course on record)

Suggested Sequence of Courses

This sequence assumes you are ready to enroll in ENGL& 101 and MATH 147. It also assumes that you are starting Fall Quarter as a full-time day student. In the first year, the focus is on completing the math and English requirements while delaying to the second year the completion of accounting and economics courses. If preparatory math and/or English courses are necessary, they should receive first priority.

If you are planning to attend part-time, in the evening, or online, and/or need preparatory coursework, please work closely with an advisor to plan a sequence that best meets your needs. Several required courses are offered only once a year for evening students. If you are working over 20 hours per week, we suggest you consider part-time enrollment. A full academic load is a full-time job.


1st Quarter, Fall   Cr       2nd Quarter, Winter   Cr       3rd Quarter, Spring   Cr  
ENGL& 101 5     ENGL& 102 5     BUS& 101:   see Note 5 5
Humanities 1:   see Note 2 5     Elective:   see Note 6
(MATH 147 recommended)
5     MATH& 148 OR
MATH& 151
Social Science 5     Natural Science (non-lab):
see Note 4
5     Natural Science (lab):
see Note 4
4th Quarter, Fall
5th Quarter, Winter
6th Quarter, Spring
ACCT& 201 5     ACCT& 202 5     ACCT& 203:   see Note 5 5
ECON& 202 5     ECON& 201 5     BUS 215 5
Humanities 2:   see Note 3
(CMST& 220 recommended)
5     Humanities 3:
see Note 2
5     Elective:
see Note 6