Kirkland College First in State to Offer Computer Science Direct Transfer Agreement


Leslie ShattuckExecutive Director/Executive Communications Officer(425) 739-8236

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Kirkland, Wash. – Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), the only public institute of technology in Washington state, has been approved by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) to offer an associate degree program in Computer Science Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP) to students. Students can sign up for the Computer Science DTA/MRP program at LWTech and start in Fall quarter, 2016. The degree requires 90 credits and takes an average of two years to complete. Students graduating from LWTech with an associate degree are prepared to transfer as a junior to a participating four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

DTA/MRP degrees are accepted at all public universities, and some private ones, in Washington state as per the transfer agreement. These degrees are designed for students intending to transfer to four-year institutions for a particular major. Washington’s eight public universities include Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Evergreen State College, University of Washington Seattle, University of Washington Bothell, University of Washington Tacoma, Washington State University and Western Washington University. Other DTA programs at LWTech include Business, Construction Management, Math Education, Pre-Nursing, and Technology.

“We are proud to be the first and only college in the State of Washington to provide the computer science direct transfer option to students. Statistics show a rapid incline in interest computer science degrees starting in 2010 to present. The computer science degree is in high demand across the region and we are preparing students to help employers meet that need,” said Dr. Amy Morrison Goings, president of LWTech. 

Tuition for two years at community college is far less expensive than tuition for four years at a university, which can be up to three times the amount compared to a community college. For example, LWTech is 33 percent less expensive than the University of Washington. Students who begin their education at a community college compared to a university also benefit one-on-one interactions with instructors due to smaller class sizes. Students may qualify for scholarships at LWTech.

About Lake Washington Institute of Technology

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) was founded in 1949, and is the only public institute of technology in the state of Washington. LWTech offers 10 applied bachelor's degrees, 35 associate degrees, and 86 professional certificates in 42 areas of study, including STEM-focused programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.