Academic Programs

The Austin Family Business Program offers an option that is part of the business administration major in the College of Business in order for students to gain specialized knowledge in the area of family business.

Students majoring in fields inside and outside of business can choose to earn a minor in family business and should check with their academic advisor to build their program. 

Both the option and the minor are available online as well as through hybrid courses for Corvallis campus students. 

For more than 30 years Oregon State has developed deep relationships with Oregon’s family-owned enterprises and the professionals who advise them. Business growth and renewal are vital to these enterprises that also are noted as great workplaces for employees, community leadership and resource stewardship. Owner exit planning is critical with more than one-third of the northwest region’s closely held businesses planning to change hands in the next five years. The family business option or minor can be your career advantage whether you are working in your family’s company or planning to build a career in financial services wherein family businesses can be your best clients.

BA 365 Family Business Management Online Course

Working professionals and students also can take our family business management online course that is offered by OSU Ecampus fall, winter and summer terms.

The ten-week course focuses on the opportunities and the problems characteristic of family businesses: entrepreneurship, management succession, transfer of ownership, mixing family and business roles, family conflicts, personnel issues, and the roles of non-family employees and outside advisors.

Instructor and contacts

John Hasbrook at

Charlie Mitchell, Manager, OSU Center for Family Enterprise at 541-737-6017 or

Admission requirements

The course is open to business owners and post-secondary students on a space-available basis.

Application procedures

Students must apply and be admitted into the course.

Technology requirements

Students must have access to email and internet in order to enroll in this course.

Teaching format

The classroom employs readings, homework projects and online discussion.