Indigenous Business Leadership - B6024

Indigenous Business Leadership

Master degree

The William Cooper Institute and Monash Business School jointly offer the 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.

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

Graduates will have the skills to produce innovative and multi-disciplinary solutions in dynamic business environments and a diverse global context.

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

At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Part time
  • 2 years (part time)
Start date
Term 2 (May)
Master of Indigenous Business Leadership
Course Handbook

Monash is committed to cultivating the next generation of Indigenous business leaders in an environment that allows students to interact, collaborate and share experiences, ideally in a face-to-face learning environment.

To ensure all students are taught in the same mode and have an identical learning experience, this program is taught in block mode on the Caulfield campus. However, if circumstances prevent the degree from being taught in Melbourne, it may be taught online. You will find out more about the location of the degree closer to your commencement date.

Introducing the Master of Indigenous Business Leadership

Hear from Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous) and Head of the William Cooper Institute, Professor Jacinta Elston as she discusses the benefits this course will bring to Indigenous individuals, communities and organisational leadership across Australia.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in a cognate discipline; and a minimum of 3 years work experience with at least 1 year of professional / managerial experience. To apply for this degree you will also need to provide additional documentation.

"This program means that we can have a genuine go. This course finally gives us the tools and support to have a go when competing and establishing ourselves in the economy. It means we will have the opportunity to shape the future of National organisations and industry." - Courtney Hagen (First Nations & Social Inclusion Specialist, Cricket Australia)

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree in a cognate discipline or equivalent qualification and a minimum of three years relevant employment with at least one year of professional/managerial experience.

Applicants will be ranked based on their entire academic record and employment experience. A full curriculum vitae, including details of two referees is required.

English requirements

Level A
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

In order to apply for the Master of Indigenous Business Leadership you will need the following documentation:

1. Education qualifications

Details about your highest secondary education, tertiary education, or any other post-secondary education, including completion status, years enrolled and institution.

2. Statement of intent

Short statements about your Indigenous industry and community leadership and involvement, together with your commitment and reasons for wanting to participate in this course.

Download form

3. CV

A current CV outlining your professional experience to date.

4. Confirmation of Indigenous Heritage

To be eligible to participate in this course, applicants must submit confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage by:

Confirmation of Aboriginality form - signed and with company/organisation seal OR a Statutory Declaration declaring your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage and a narrative demonstrating connection to traditional land(s), language group, and/or Indigenous community.

Download Statutory Declaration

5. Character References

Character Reference from an incorporated Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander organisation
- confirming you are an active member of your community
- detailing the positive contributions you are making to business and leadership;
- detailing any information that would support your application.
Letter must be printed on company/organisation letterhead including contact information and be signed by an Indigenous board member, Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer.

Character Reference from an Indigenous Elder or leader in your community.
They must not be related to you. Reference should include their contact details, confirmation of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage, examples of your connection to country, description of your leadership qualities and an endorsement of you to participate in the course.

The course is structure in two parts: Part A. Indigenous business leadership essentials and Part B. Indigenous business leadership advanced theory and practice.

Making the application

Future students

Term 2 (May)

Apply directly to Monash using course code B6024.

Before applying ensure you've read the additional requirements, as there will be documentation you will require in order to complete the application process.


Round 1 applications will close 30 November 2021.

Round 2 applications will close 13 March 2022.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

The average annual student contribution amount is:


Note: see information on how average fee is calculated.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.