Master of Indigenous Business Leadership

The William Cooper Institute together with the Monash Business School pay respect to all Ancestors, Elders and all Traditional Owners of the lands and waters on which Monash University operates and delivers the Master of Indigenous Business Leadership. We are committed to the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems and cultural practices. We honour all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Master of Indigenous Business Leadership

Monash University has the longest history of engagement in Indigenous higher education in Australia. We’re proud of this legacy, but we can and must do more.

The William Cooper Institute and the Monash Business School jointly offer a new Master of Indigenous Business Leadership – a transformational leadership program for Indigenous Australians designed to strengthen Australia’s Indigenous workforce in public, private and community sectors.

Through this new course, we’re cultivating the next generation of Indigenous business leaders to shape a positive future for Indigenous Australia.

Are you:

  • an Indigenous Australian wanting to develop your professional and personal leadership skills and focus your career in making Indigenous contributions in the workplace?
  • an employer wanting to foster leadership in your Indigenous staff, or wanting to integrate your organisation to work better with Indigenous communities?

The Master of Indigenous Business Leadership is a cross-disciplinary program with leading units delivered through the Faculty of Business, complemented by a tailored offering in design thinking and mastery units from Law, Public Health and Public Policy.

Through this approach, graduates will develop life-long personal and professional skills, and collaboratively explore the different cultural, political and economic contexts in which business is experienced by Indigenous communities, exchanging ideas on how to best steer change as emerging Indigenous leaders.

This Masters program is offered to Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people only.

Industry engagement

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More information

Find out more about the course structure, eligibility criteria and application process and discover how you can create change with the Master of Indigenous Business Leadership.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders praise Australia’s first Indigenous business leadership degree

“The course is on the cusp of Aboriginal terms of reference of how we do business with organisations and includes the latest, evidence-based research. That’s really one of the major differences between a mainstream MBA and what we’re doing.”

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