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Business - DTA-MRP

Bellingham Technical College offers your first step toward a successful career in business and finance. Earn your associate degree and a solid foundation at BTC in two years, and be ready to transfer to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree in business management to build a career in a field that is experiencing strong growth in Washington and nationwide.

BTC’s Associate in Business transfer degree is designed for students who want to transfer to major in business at a Washington State college or university. After completing the 90-credit-hour associate degree program at BTC, you may transfer as a junior into a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) program in business administration, accounting, management information systems, and more.

At BTC you’ll begin building your core of business knowledge with academic coursework in English, economics, business law, and accounting. You’ll also develop top interpersonal and communication skills that will prepare you for today’s global, diverse, and competitive business environment.

Associate Degree Program & Transfer Opportunities

The associate degree in business at Bellingham Technical College is a special program called the Direct Transfer Agreement in Major-Related Program (DTA/MRP). This means you start your bachelor’s degree in business at BTC, and finish it at a respected Washington State school.

BTC will get you ready to transfer to such respected universities [link to information on current transfer tab] as Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Walla Walla University, and Whitworth University.

Admission into many business schools is competitive, and higher grade point averages and course grades are often required. Completion of BTC’s Business transfer degree does not necessarily satisfy all course requirements. Be sure to check with universities you are interested in for specific admission and course requirements.

  • Estimated Program Costs

Tuition Fees and Rates overview page

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

This program Accepts students Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer quarter.

For questions, please contact Admissions & Advising at 360.752.8345 or email us at

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at for assistance with academic planning.

Test scores or transcripts from another college may also be accepted. For more information on transferring classes, please see the Transfer Student page.

Program Application/Forms

Admissions Application
Associate in Business (DTA/MRP) Planning Guide

What are My Next Steps?


Total Program Credits: 90

  • Current Students: Learn how to use this page to register for classes

  • Classes may only be applied to one distribution area.
  • Some universities require specific classes. Please check with intended bachelor's institution.
  • Business

  • All Business courses listed below are required.
  • ACCT& 201Principles of Accounting I5 CR
  • ACCT& 202Principles of Accounting II5 CR
  • ACCT& 203Principles of Accounting III5 CR
  • BUS& 201Business Law5 CR
  • 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.
  • Communication Skills

  • Both English classes listed below are required.
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 CR
  • ENGL& 102English Composition II5 CR
  • To meet current EWU requirements the second English Composition course must be equivalent to EWU's English 201-College Composition: Analysis, Research, and Documentation
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning Skills

  • The class below is required.
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 CR
  • Choose an additional class from the following options:
  • MATH& 107Math in Society5 CR
  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 CR
  • MATH& 142Precalculus II5 CR
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 CR
  • MATH& 152Calculus II5 CR
  • MATH& 163Calculus 35 CR
  • Humanities

  • Choose three classes from at least two subject areas. No more than 5 credits in world language at the 100 level.
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 CR
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 CR
  • HIST& 146United States History I5 CR
  • HIST& 147United States History II5 CR
  • HIST& 148United States History III5 CR
  • HUM& 101Introduction to Humanities5 CR
  • SPAN& 121Spanish I5 CR
  • SPAN& 122Spanish II5 CR
  • Students intending the international business major should consult their potential transfer institution(s) regarding the level of world language required for admission to the major. Five (5) credits in world languages may apply to the Humanities requirement.
  • Students are encouraged to include a speech or oral communication course (not small group communication).
  • Social Sciences

  • The classes below are required.
  • ECON& 201Micro Economics5 CR
  • ECON& 202Macro Economics5 CR
  • Choose one additional class from options provided.
  • BUS& 101Introduction to Business5 CR
  • POLS& 202American Government5 CR
  • PSYC& 100General Psychology5 CR
  • PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology5 CR
  • SOC& 101Introduction to Sociology5 CR
  • Natural Sciences

  • The class below is required.
  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics5 CR
  • Choose two additional classes in Physical, Biological and/or Earth Sciences, including at least one lab science course from the following options:
  • BIOL& 160General Biology with Lab5 CR
  • BIOL& 260Microbiology5 CR
  • CHEM& 110Chemical Concepts w/Lab5 CR
  • CHEM& 121Intro to Chemistry5 CR
  • CHEM& 131Introduction to Organic/Bio-Chemistry5 CR
  • NUTR& 101Nutrition5 CR
  • PHYS& 110Physics for Non-Science Majors w/Lab5 CR
  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 CR
  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 CR
  • PHYS& 223Engineering Physics III w/Lab5 CR
  • Student intending the manufacturing management major at WWU should consult WWU regarding the selection of natural science courses required for admission to the major.
  • Electives

  • 5 credits of non-business electives except as noted below.
  • 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 Course Equivalent to:
  • WSU (all campuses): Management Information Systems MIS 250
  • Gonzaga: Management Information Systems BMIS 235
  • PLU: Computer Applications CSCE 120, either an equivalent course or skills test
  • WWU: Introduction to Business Computer Systems MIS 220
  • View past class requirements for this program.


Upon completion of BTC’s Associate in Business DTA/MRP degree, students are eligible to transfer to the following institutions in Washington State:

Central Washington University

B.S. in Business Administration at Central Washington University.
A minimum 2.5 GPA is required in business prerequisite classes. CWU will accept MATH& 146 in place of MATH 211. Transfer Policies and Course Equivalencies (click Current Washington State Course Equivalencies, then Course Equivalencies under Technical College Equivalencies.)

University of Washington

B.A. in Business Administration, B.S. in Business Administration at UW
Admissions is highly competitive. Students must apply to both the UW and the School of Business. The Business School admits both fall and winter quarters. Applicants must complete a proctored writing skills assessment and a personal statement. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for all Business classes. The UW requires two years of the same world language in high school or two quarters in college for admissions.

Seattle University

BA in Economics, BA in Business Administration with majors in Accounting, Business Economics, E-Commerce & Information Systems, Finance, Individualized Major, International Business, Management, and Marketing.
A minimum 2.75 overall GPA and a 2.75 GPA in business and math classes are required. World language and a study abroad program are required for International Business majors. SU does not accept BUS& 201.

Washington State University

B.A. in Business Administration or Management & Operations
In addition to Business prerequisites, please note that WSU requires completion of Major Certification and General Program Requirements. International Business majors need to complete a year of a world language and a study abroad program. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for admission into the Business program.

Western Washington University

B.A. in Accounting, B.A. in Business Administration and B.S. in Manufacturing Management
A minimum of 2.75 GPA is required in all business prerequisite classes.

Eastern Washington University

The College of Business and Public Administration.
EWU admission requirements include minimum GPAs as noted.


Please note: Admission into many business schools is competitive and higher grade point averages and course grades are often required. Completion of the general Business DTA/MRP degree does not necessarily satisfy all transfer requirements; some institutions may have additional course requirements. Check individual school links listed above for the most up-to-date admission requirements and recommendations; annotated text above is meant for general guidelines only.

Employment Outlook

The employment outlook for business program graduates is strong, and you can expect to earn excellent wages and have plentiful job opportunities.

Locally and across Washington state, employers such as financial services and manufacturing firms need more qualified professionals with BA and BS degrees to help them meet the demands of a complex business marketplace.

Bellingham Technical College’s associate in business program offers courses in English, public speaking, business calculus, and micro and macro economics. Your BTC education will help sharpen your business and communication skills so you can be a vital member of teams across a variety of companies and industries.

Through BTC’s Associate in Business DTA/MRP program, you’ll learn skills needed for a rewarding career in the fast-paced world of modern business whether you work for large or small employers such as retail and wholesale companies; finance, insurance and software companies; schools and universities; federal and state government; service industries; and manufacturing and industrial firms.

Faculty & Support

  • Degrees and Credentials

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

    BS, Biology, Whitworth University

    MS, Environmental Science, Western Washington University

Jan Richards joined BTC in Fall of 2016. She has over 16 years of teaching experience and is nationally certified as a Developmental Education Specialist through the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University in N.C. She has taught at NC State University, East TN State University, and other community colleges, both in TN, VA, and NC. Two years of instruction was with a medium-security correctional facility in Harnett County, NC. Jan received her Master of Arts in English from Western Washington University and has completed other teaching curriculum credits through Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

  • Degrees and Credentials

    BA, English-Creative Writing Emphasis, Western Washington University

    MA, English, Western Washington University

    AAS, DTA, Tacoma Community College

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State

  • Degrees and Credentials

    MEd, Adult and Higher Education, Western Washington University

    BA, Interpersonal Communications, University of Evansville

    MA, Speech Communications, University of Washington

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State


If you have questions about this program or want help with the admissions steps to Bellingham Technical College, please email

Current students wanting academic planning and support, can connect with the program Instructor(s) or email