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 a mastery unit from Law.

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 1 (February)
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.

This program is taught in block mode on the Caulfield campus.

The Master of Indigenous Business Leadership

“It’s First Peoples first.” Hear our leaders, including Gooreng Gooreng Senior Lecturer Katrina Johnson, discuss how the course places Indigenous knowledge systems first and creates a culturally safe learning environment.

"The teaching and support staff have all been amazingly welcoming. They've been really honest and open to learning as well, which is something different from your usual class or university degree. it's very two-way learning which is quite reflective of the way our culture works." - Courtney Hagen (General Manager - First Nations Football, Football Australia)

"This course has provided a link to other Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander people both in business, and within the cohort, but also with guests who are invited to talk about their business and the issues that they're facing." - Kenny Bedford. Meuram tribe of Erub, English name is Darnley Island, in the Northeast of the Torres Strait.

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

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

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 1 (February)

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.


Applications close 12 December 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)


Fee assistance

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

Full fee


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.