What courses make up the Family Business Certificate?

  • Three courses are required for the certificate plus one elective. The required courses include: ENTR 4010-Management of Closely-held and Family Business, ENTR 4060- Financial Management in Privately Held Firms, and BLAW 4035- Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship. The additional course is an elective that may be taken from the existing Entrepreneurship course offerings. Of particular relevance would be the ENTR 5010 – Corporate Entrepreneurship course.

Who may take these courses?

  • Any adult may take these courses. Once the applicant is accepted by Dr. Sidney Barton, the Director of the Certificate program, you may enroll in the courses you desire to take. You do not have to be a current student in the University of Cincinnati.

Who should take these courses and why?

  • It is recommended that anyone involved in a family firm who wishes to understand better how to manage, work in, own, or offer services to a family firm would benefit from taking these courses. This could be family members working in the business or preparing to enter, as well as non-family employees and managers.  

What are the pre-requisites?

  • There are no formal pre-requisites for admission to the program. However, some exposure to business education or relevant working experience will be helpful. (See the answer to "How do I apply?" below for more information.)

Where are they offered?

  • Classes are offered at Lindner Hall on the University of Cincinnati campus.

How much do they cost?

  • Tuition is the same as what current UC undergraduates pay. For in-state students, the cost is roughly $1,500 for a 3 credit hour semester course.

How do I apply?

  • On the Goering Center website (goering.uc.edu), follow the application link and the instructions supplied under the Family Business Certificate courses section for an application.

When are the courses offered?

  • Courses are all offered once per week in the evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Do I have to take all the courses if I am accepted into the program?

  • No. You may take any of the courses you like, but you will only earn a certificate if you take all four courses.

Is priority given to applicants from firms who are Goering Center members?

  • Yes. Because these courses are offered to UC students as well as non-matriculated students, seats in the classes are limited. Obviously, current UC students receive priority. However, in filling the remaining seats, members of the Goering Center will have priority over non-Goering members.

May students enrolled in other universities take these courses?

  • Yes. In fact, we envision students of family firms who return home for summer semester and are working during the day, may desire to take one or more courses during the summer. We suggest that students may want to transfer these courses for credit in their home university. Depending on the field of study, their home university may count these courses toward their degree. This will vary with the circumstance of each student, but could be an added bonus for such students.

When can applications be submitted?

  • Applications may be submitted immediately.