About the statewide Direct Transfer Agreements (DTA)
Statewide, DTA degrees provide students:
- Priority consideration in the admissions for most humanities and social science majors at public universities ahead of students without a degree.
- Completion of lower division general education requirements.
- Credit for all courses completed within the DTA up to and in some cases beyond 90 credits.
- Opportunity to explore several fields of study through the category of up to 30 credits of elective courses.
- Opportunity to complete prerequisites for a future major.
In some cases, a DTA degree along with minimum GPA requirements does guarantee entry to 4-year program. This is not guaranteed across all degrees, programs, and schools. Meet with an Educational and Career Planner at SPSCC and the 4-year school you wish to attend for unique requirements.
Students must complete all DTA degree requirements and earn their associate degree in order for all classes to transfer to a 4-year school. If a student wishes to transfer before the DTA is earned, 4-year schools may evaluate a transcript course-by-course.
Major Related Programs (MRP) have special and more specific requirements that must be taken in the first two years in order to progress on time.
Associate in Science – Transfer (AS-T): If you’re a science major, you will need to take more science in your first two years and defer some other general education requirements until after you transfer.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS-T): This degree will transfer to only a very limited set of bachelor's degree programs, including some applied degrees at community colleges or to “upside-down” programs at a few 4-year colleges.