The mission of the Associate in Business Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP) 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 May 7, 2012, specifies the requirements for the AB-DTA/MRP degree. Note that there is a 2017 update.
The agreement can be found at:
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
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- 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.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of business trends including globalization and e-commerce.
- Explain the role of business and economics in promoting social responsibility and ethical behavior in all levels of business.
- Define the importance and application of law in American and global business operations.
- Describe the impacts of finance decisions, including debt, and equity funding, as well as the use of retained earnings on businesses.
- Describe the effects of government regulation and taxation on business and economic activities.
- Use business and economic concepts and critical thinking skills to solve business and economic problems.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
Required & Prerequisite Courses
Note 1 – Humanities:
Students intending to pursue the international business major should consult their potential transfer institutions regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major.
Note 2 – Natural Sciences:
Students are encouraged to include a speech or oral communication course (not small group communication).
Students intending to transfer to the manufacturing management major at WWU should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.
Note 3 – 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 proficiency in U.S. business law.
Note 4 – Business Courses:
Universities with a lower division Business Law requirement are: UW (all campuses), WSU (all campuses), EWU, CWU, WWU, Gonzaga, SMU, SPU, Whitworth.
Note 5 – Business Courses:
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 – 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. Details listed below.
WSU (all campuses): Management Information Systems MIS 250 equivalent to OC's CIS 101, CIS 110
Gonzaga: Management Information Systems BMIS 235, no OC equivalent course.
PLU: Computer Applications CSCE 120, will accept either equivalent course or skills test. No OC equivalent course.
WWU: Introduction to Business Computer Systems MIS220. No OC equivalent course. OC's BSTEC 220 Business Computer Applications meets the skills requirement but may not be accepted in transfer.