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How to transfer degrees to WSU

Washington

We partner with two-year colleges to create transfer associate “pathways” that include the prerequisites you’ll need to qualify for your major at WSU. Be sure to check the requirements for your intended major at WSU before you transfer and check the WSU Catalog for any requirements you will need.

There are three types of transfer degrees for Washington:

1. Direct transfer agreement (DTA) associate degree

If you’ve completed a direct transfer agreement (DTA) associate degree that incorporates general education requirements similar to WSU’s, you’ll get credit for the University’s lower-division University Common Requirements (UCORE) and will generally be given junior standing. Find more information on DTA major-related program pathways at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges website.

If you have an associate of arts (DTA) you will need an Integrative Capstone course, which can only be completed at WSU.

2. Associate of science transfer (AS-T) degree (Tracks I and II)

If you have an associate of science transfer (AS-T) degree, you’ll generally be given junior standing when you transfer to WSU. However, the AS-T degree may not fulfill all WSU’s University Common Requirements (UCORE). Find more information on AS-T major-related program pathways at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges.

Be sure to check the requirements for your intended major at WSU during the year before you transfer. Contact the department you’ll be majoring in and check the WSU Catalog for the requirements you’ll need to meet to graduate from WSU.

If you have an associate of science – transfer (AST) you will need a Roots of Contemporary Issues course [ROOT], a second course in [COMM] or [WRTG], a diversity course [DIVR], and a Integrative Capstone [CAPS].

3. Associate of applied science transfer (AAS-T) degree

If you have an associate of applied science transfer (AAS-T) degree, your credit will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. This degree doesn’t fulfill the WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE) and doesn’t guarantee junior standing. If the equivalents weren’t completed while earning the AAS-T degree, you’ll need to finish those requirements after transferring to WSU.

The Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) handbook contains statewide standards for transferable degrees and courses; see page 21 of their PDF for a list of Washington community colleges that offer direct transfer associate degrees.

Other states

Generally speaking, two-year degrees from states other than the six below, will transfer on a course-by-course basis. Be sure to check the requirements for your intended major at WSU during the year before you transfer. Contact the department you’ll be majoring in and check the WSU Catalog for the requirements you’ll need to meet to graduate from WSU.

Arizona
The associate in arts (AA), associate in science (AS), associate in business (ABUS), associate in arts-elementary education (AAEE), and associate in art-fine arts (AAFA) degrees with the AGEC-A, AGEC-B, or AGEC-S components from a public or tribal Arizona community college will generally fulfill WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE), but won’t guarantee junior standing.
California
The associate in arts (AA) degree, along with the intersegmental general education transfer curriculum (IGETC) verification, from a public California community college will generally fulfill WSU’s lower division University Common Requirements (UCORE), but may not guarantee junior standing.
Hawaii
The associate in arts (AA) degree from a public Hawai’i community college will generally fulfill WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE), but doesn’t guarantee junior standing.
Idaho
The associate of arts (AA) degree from North Idaho College, College of Southern Idaho, or College of Western Idaho will generally fulfill WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE), but doesn’t guarantee junior standing.
Oregon
The associate of arts Oregon transfer (AAO-T) degree or the associate of science Oregon transfer-business degree (ASOT-Business) from a public Oregon community college or the associate of science athletic training emphasis from Southwestern Oregon Community College will generally fulfill WSU University Common Requirements (UCORE), but won’t guarantee junior standing.

How your degree meets WSU requirements

Here’s a quick look at how most WA community college transfer degrees will translate to WSU’s UCORE requirements.

If you have
You need

An associate of arts (DTA)


Integrative Capstone course [CAPS]*


An associate of science - transfer (AST)


  • Roots of Contemporary Issues course [ROOT]

  • A second course in [COMM] or [WRTG]

  • Diversity course [DIVR]

  • Integrative Capstone [CAPS]*

Any other transferable associate degree


Transfer courses evaluated on a course-by-course basis


* This requirement can only be fulfilled at WSU.

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