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Special Transfer Agreements

South Puget Sound Community College maintains special transfer ("articulation") agreements with baccalaureate institutions for Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as transfer degrees.


Transfer Degrees:



Many of South Puget Sound Community College's transfer degrees have Direct Transfer Agreements (DTAs) with Washington state baccalaureate universities, allowing students who complete a DTA degree to meet the general education requirements for the bachelor's degree. There are some exceptions to these agreements, so be aware of the admissions criteria for the specific university you are applying to.

Completion of a transfer degree does not guarantee admission to the university. There may be additional university admissions requirements, such as foreign language or religion courses, that are not required to complete the transfer degree at South Puget Sound Community College.

The following is a list of DTA degrees:

  • Associate in Arts DTA
  • Associate in Biology DTA
  • Associate in Elementary Education DTA
  • Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA
  • Associate in Business DTA

In addition to the DTA degrees, the Associate in Science track 1 and track 2 degrees are intended to provide students with requirements to transfer. Compared to the Associate of Arts degree, the Associate in Science degree delays some general education distribution credits until the junior or senior year in order to make room in the transfer degree for required freshman and sophomore-level science sequences.

In planning this degree students need to work closely with their advisor and the transfer institution so that the science credits within the degree create a seamless passage to the transfer institution.

The Evergreen State College

  • Associate in Arts DTA
  • Associate in Science Track 1 and Track 2

In this articulation students can transfer the Associate in Arts, Associate in Science Track 1 or Associate in Science Track 2 degree as a block of 90 credits to Evergreen. In addition, students who will have earned this degree prior to entering Evergreen will be "awarded the highest admission preference."

University of Washington Tacoma

  • Associate in Arts - Political Science and Economics emphasis

University of Washington Tacoma has an agreement with SPSCC for the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (AIS) with a concentration in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). Students who complete the AA with Political Science and Economics emphasis at SPSCC will have satisfied five of the twelve classes (25 of 60 credits) required in the PPE concentration. Furthermore those who have attained a 2.0 GPA in the five core PPE classes and at least one of the English composition classes (ENGL 101, 102, 103 or 104) will be guaranteed admission to the major if admitted to the university.


Associate of Applied Science (AAS/AAS-T) Degrees:



The special transfer agreements with the following baccalaureate institutions allow students graduating with selected AAS (Associate of Applied Science) or AAS-T (Associate of Applied Science-Transfer) degrees to transfer and complete general education requirements at the institution for a bachelor's degree.

The Evergreen State College

  • Early Childhood Education AAS-T
  • Accounting AAS
  • Business Administration AAS
  • Paralegal AAS

These degrees can transfer to The Evergreen State College as a block of 90 credits if students complete ENGL& 101 with at least a 2.0 and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Upside Down Degrees: The Upside Down Degree program allows students graduating with specific AAS degrees the option of earning a bachelor's degree by transferring to The Evergreen State College and successfully completing 90 quarter credit hours of general education course work.

    The following programs can be applied toward to the Upside Down Degree:
  • Computer Aided Drafting AAS
  • Computer Network Administration AAS
  • Computer Programming AAS
  • Fire and Emergency Services Technology AAS
  • Horticulture Technology AAS
  • Medical Assisting AAS
  • Associate Degree in Nursing ADN
  • Paraeducator AAS

University of Washington Tacoma

  • Associate Degree in Nursing ADN

South Puget Sound Community College has an articulation agreement with the University of Washington Tacoma's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. In this agreement most of the courses required by the two year Associate Degree in Nursing serve as prerequisites and general education courses required for admission to the BSN Program and fulfill most of the admission requirements to the program.

Washington State University

Customized articulation agreement establishes a pathway for students in SPSCC’s AAS-T in Horticulture Technology to transfer to WSU’s Integrated Plant Sciences (IPS) program in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and matriculate into the Nursery & Greenhouse Management major.

South Seattle Community College

  • Culinary Arts AAS-T

The current accepted articulation for the Culinary Arts AAS-T degree is with South Seattle Community College's Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Hospitality Management.


Other Articulation Agreements:



Guaranteed Admission for International Students.

South Puget Sound Community College is in a 2+2 partnership with three universities. The University of Washington Tacoma and Pacific Lutheran University in the state of Washington and Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana grant qualified current and prospective international students admission to the universities. The conditions are outlined in the memos of understanding signed by the College and universities. For more information contact the International Student Services office at .

Central Washington University

at CWU University Centers/Teaching Sites

The Dual Admission program’s purpose is “to provide a smooth and successful transition for the student from a participating community college to one of CWU’s University Centers.” Participating students are “fully admitted to the community college in an Associate Degree/DTA or Associate of Applied Science degree and conditionally admitted to CWU” and “will benefit from access to resources at both institutions and be better prepared to transition into their baccalaureate program.” (Available in Pierce County, Des Moines, Kent, Lynnwood, Everett, Wenatchee, Moses Lake and Yakima)

University of Washington Tacoma and Pacific Lutheran University

  • Guaranteed Admission for International Students

South Puget Sound Community College is in a 2+2 partnership with two nearby universities: The University of Washington Tacoma and Pacific Lutheran University grant qualified current and prospective international students admission to the universities. The conditions are outlined in the memos of understanding signed by the two universities. For more information contact the International Student Services office at .

Brandman University

Brandman University and South Puget Sound Community College have an articulation agreement and a partnership called the Early Advantage Program. This program will make it easier and faster for students to achieve a bachelor's degree. Classes are available online or on ground at Brandman campuses in Lacey, Ft Lewis, McChord, Bangor and Whidbey Island. For more information go to http://www.brandman.edu/LANDING/VTP/South_Puget_Sound_Community_College/