Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement

This degree requires courses primarily from the liberal arts area which are transferable to senior institutions.  It is appropriate for students who will ultimately seek a bachelor degree from a four year college or university.  A student transferring with an Associate in Arts degree enters all Washington public and many private four-year institutions with junior-level standing and all general education requirements satisfied. 

Degree Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate critical thinking
  • Demonstrate information literacy
  • Demonstrate quantitative literacy
  • Demonstrate personal responsibility
  • Demonstrate social responsibility
  • Demonstrate preparation for upper division study

Summary of Requirements

Complete a minimum of ninety credits in courses numbered 100 or above with a minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA.

Basic Requirements

  • 10 credits communications
  • 5 credits quantitative/symbolic reasoning skills (for which successful completion of ("C" or better) intermediate algebra is a required prerequisite]

Distribution Requirements

  • 15 credits social science electives
  • 15 credits humanities electives
  • 15 credits natural sciences electives, including laboratory science

Specified Electives

  • 15 specified credits additional coursework from the distribution requirement course list or from the specified elective list

General Electives

  • 15 credits maximum of general electives


  • fulfill all obligations to the college, financial or otherwise
  • fulfill general requirements for all degrees as described on page 27 of the Academic Catalog

Schools Accepting the AA-DTA Degree

Public Four-Year/Research

  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University

Public-Four Year/Comprehensive

  • Central Washington University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • The Evergreen State College
  • Western Washington University

Independent/Private Four-Year

  • Bastyr University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Heritage University
  • Northwest University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Saint Martin's University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Walla Walla University
  • WGU Washington
  • Whitworth University

Tribal Colleges and Universities

  • Northwest Indian College

Some institutions have specific additional requirements. Check with your advisor to be sure you are choosing the right courses for your pathway.