Family Business Certificate Courses


The Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati offers a certificate in Family Business to its undergraduate students.

In partnership with the Goering Center, the courses making up the certificate are now being made available on a limited basis to non-UC students (i.e. non-matriculated students on the main, West Campus). This is a very unique opportunity, as individuals enrolled will earn undergraduate college credit for successful completion of each of the courses. UC is one of only two universities in the US offering such an opportunity for family firm personnel, and clearly the only local university.

The initial target market for these non-matriculated students includes family members, both working and non-working in the family firm, non-family employees/managers, and children of family firms attending college elsewhere who may wish to take these courses during their summer break.

The 3 credit hour semester courses include a course in the unique management issues faced in family and private firms, a course designed to cover all the important financial issues faced by such firms, a course in the legal aspects involved in private firms, and finally a choice of an entrepreneurship elective. Once enrolled, the non-matriculated student may choose to take only one course of interest, or pursue all four for a certificate in family business. All courses are offered on West Campus once per week in the evenings, so that those who are employed can more easily participate.

Because of limited seats available, priority will be given to Goering Center members desiring to take courses, but everyone is encouraged to apply. For more information, please refer to the following FAQ’s.       

Tim Geoppinger, UC Student and Matlock Electric Employee

"My favorite thing about the class has been seeing what we talk about in class actually apply and mean something. I’m getting a lot more out of it since I know that it actually applies. I’ve been able to use what I’m learning in the class to know what I’m doing at work, rather than guessing or waiting for someone to show me."

Instructions for applying to take the Family Business Certificate courses

Click here to apply.

Fill out the basic data form, copy it and fax it to Dr. Sidney Barton at (513) 556-4891. He will review the application and notify you of the status of your application.

Once approved, the Registrar’s office will contact you by email with your new UC ID and a username necessary for online registration. A special enrollment packet will also be emailed with specific certificate requirements and information on accessing the online registration/fee payment information available via UC's One Stop website.

To begin enrollment, refer to the instructions shown immediately above and click on the link.


Upcoming courses available

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