Degrees & Classes

Degrees & Classes

Associate in Business - Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)

Associate in Business
Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)

Associate in Business Direct Transfer Degree

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.

Business Jobs & Employment

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. 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.

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.

Employment Information

$75,130 starting annual wage

$123,379 average annual wage

$150,488 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


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Entry Information

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When Can I Start?

For questions, please contact Admissions at 360-752-8345 or e-mail us at Admissions

  • This program accepts students quarterly.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?

  • Placement testing in Reading, Math and Writing. Test scores or transcripts from another college may also be accepted. For more information on transferring classes, please see the Transfer Student page.

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Steve Mudd

Area of Instruction

Social Sciences

Degrees and Certifications

MA, Counseling Psychology, National University

BS, Applied Science in Industrial Technology, Western Illinois University

Contact Info

360 752-8437
Campus Center (CC) - Room 223

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Andrea Olah

Area of Instruction

Physical & Natural Sciences

Degrees and Certifications

MS, Environmental Science, Western Washington University

BS, Biology, Whitworth University

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info

360 752-8304
Haskell Center (HC) - Room 211

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Jan Richards

Area of Instruction

General Education

Degrees and Certifications

MA, English, Western Washington University

BA, English-Creative Writing Emphasis, Western Washington University

AAS, DTA, Tacoma Community College

Contact Info

360 752-8773
J Building (J) - Room J3-A



Jan Richards joined BTC in Fall of 2016. She has over 16 years of teaching experience and is nationally certified as a Developmental Education Special...

    • 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.

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Andi Zamora

Area of Instruction

General Education

Degrees and Certifications

MA, Speech Communications, University of Washington

BA, Interpersonal Communications, University of Evansville

Contact Info

Campus Center (CC) - Room 223