Professional Sales

What is Professional Sales?

  • Ninety percent of students graduating from a university sales program will have a job upon graduation.
  • Over fifty percent of all US college graduates entering the workforce, regardless of major, enter sales as their first career.

-Sales Education Foundation 2010

The purpose of this minor is to prepare students for success in a professional selling environment and develop the ability to use professional sales skills for success in other careers. Sales representatives sell in the business to business sector, the service industry and in retailing. 

Admission Requirements

Current Lindner students may add this minor to enhance their majors. Non-Lindner students already pursuing a baccalaureate degree in any college at the University of Cincinnati can add the minor to their program as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Have 30 earned semester credit hours
  • Have at least a 2.5 University GPA and be enrolled in a four-year degree granting program
  • Complete at least 50 percent of all minor coursework in the Lindner College of Business
  • Earn a 2.0 in minor courses to be certified with the minor.

 To apply for the minor, students should visit the Lindner Programs Options site.

Students will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program and the process for registration in the Lindner classes required for the minor.

Successful sales representatives have excellent written and oral communication skills and are comfortable working in group settings. Typically, they are interested in understanding human behavior. Quantitative analysis and mathematical proficiency are also important in these professions.

Sales graduates could be employed in inside sales (office environment) and outside sales (regional, domestic, or global travel). A sales minor insures success in the first job that will lead to future promotions.

A number of career paths would benefit from the addition of a sales minor.

Biology/Chemistry: Pharmaceutical sales

Communication: All types of sales, recruiting, and development

Economics: Financial services and insurance sales

Engineering: Technical sales

Finance: Financial services and insurance sales

Liberal Arts: All types of sales, recruiting, and development

Marketing: Advertising/service industry sales

Sports Management: Professional sports sales

Students who have been accepted to the minor will see the minor appear on their application for graduation. Students apply for graduation in the minor as they normally would for their bachelor’s degree.

Application Deadlines

Applications deadlines for the business minors follow the “application for change in college” dates.

Fall Semester – July 1                   

Spring Semester – November 1               

Summer Semester – March 1

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The UC Lindner College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.