Online and Campus Courses Available in Family Business


Academic Programs

The Austin Family Business Program offers a Family Business option that is part of the Business Administration major in the College of Business.

Students majoring in fields outside of business can now 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 and as 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 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 plan to build a career in the financial services where family businesses will be your best clients.

BA 365 Family Business Management E-Course

Working professionals and students who are not from family businesses can take the Family Business Management E-course that is offered by OSU Extended Campus 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, non-family employees, and outside advisors.

Instructor and Contact
John Hasbrook at
Dr. Sherri Noxel at 541-737-6019 or

Admission Requirements
The course is open to business owners and postsecondary students on a space-available basis.

Application Procedures
Students must apply and be admitted into the course. Complete the e-course application  or contact the Student Services Center at 541-737-9204 or 800-667-1465.

Technology Requirements
Students must have access to e-mail and the World Wide Web in order to enroll in this course.

Teaching Format
The classroom employs readings, homework projects, and on-line discussion