Family Business – Online Minor

Gain the skills you need to lead the family firm

Family business is a main economic driver across Oregon, the United States and the world. And understanding the dynamics within a family business is essential in positioning it for growth and the ability to sustain it in the future.

Oregon State University’s online undergraduate minor in family business will prepare you for leadership positions within a family firm as you develop your entrepreneurial skills and learn to assess the risks and challenges facing family business, including finances, legal issues and succession planning.


The courses in the family business minor — offered online by Oregon State’s AACSB-accredited College of Business — teach future family business leaders how to balance the well-being of the business, the family and individuals while addressing the challenges and opportunities that arise.

The OSU faculty you’ll learn from online in this program have expertise in what it takes to grow a family business — in the present and for future generations.

Curriculum details and minor requirements are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Introduction to entrepreneurship
  • Managing organizations
  • Family business management
  • Principles of marketing
  • Family enterprise governance

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.