Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Business Leadership

Enabling Indigenous business practitioners to enhance their leadership and interdisciplinary business knowledge

Key facts

  • Commencing in February 2020
  • 6-month, 50-point program, consisting of four subjects, including one core subject
  • Flexible delivery with 3-online subjects and a one-week on campus winter intensive
  • Open to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

Why study Indigenous business leadership with Melbourne Business School

  • Providing you with the skills to lead and have impact: This certificate is designed to inspire and equip you to expand your expertise so you can make a difference within your community and on a global scale
  • Our expertise in business and management is world-class: #1 in Australia and #20 worldwide for business and management (QS Subject Rankings 2019)
  • Become part of a national network of Indigenous Business Leaders: A key aim of the certificate is to strengthen your network and as a collective, work together to solve real leadership challenges you’re facing through a new approach to leadership

Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Business Leadership is designed to enable Indigenous business sector practitioners to build on their own leadership and business practices. This course will teach you to adopt an interdisciplinary, international and evidence-based approach to respond to the complex and growing challenges faced by Indigenous business leaders working in a range of fields/industries.

Our subjects are taught by leading academics in the fields of Indigenous business leadership, analytics, accounting, economics, finance and marketing. You’ll be able to work with your cohort of students, across Australia, online and in-person to address the increasing challenges and opportunities in the Indigenous business sector.

As part of the certificate, you’ll undertake a distinctive, intensively taught on-campus core subject, Indigenous Business Leadership, that will introduce you to the key issues, concerns and theories intersecting business and leadership.

Michelle Evans
Associate Professor Michelle Evans
Those enrolling will join a cohort of emerging and established Indigenous business leaders from across the country who are running their own business, working in management or looking for that way to stand out in their chosen career. The Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Business Leadership builds on your existing expertise and experience by providing insight into key business subjects of your choosing and through a focus on leading in the Indigenous business sector.Program Director, Associate Professor Michelle Evans

Program structure

You’ll need to choose up to three online subjects from the list below plus Indigenous Business Leadership, the core subject of the program.

Alumni of the Melbourne Business School MURRA Indigenous Business Masterclass program are eligible for a one subject credit.

Subjects can be taken in any order, however the Indigenous Business Leadership subject is only offered as an on-campus winter intensive.

A full-load is considered four subjects per semester (approximately 6-months), you also have the option of spreading the four subjects over two-semesters or a year.


Semester 1:
February – June

Winter Semester:

Semester 2:
August - November

Accounting Analysis and Decisions (online)


Business Analytics for Decision Making (online)


Economics of Markets and Organisations (online)


Empirical Methods for Business (online)


Managerial Finance (online)


Value Creation Strategies (online)


Indigenous Business Leadership (on-campus)


Pathway to further study

Following successful completion of the certificate, you may apply for a place in the on-campus Master of Management, Master of Enterprise, Master of Entrepreneurship or Master of International Business and will be eligible for credit into these programs.

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for entry you need to:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree, or equivalent; and/or
  • Have a minimum of five years documented, relevant work experience, or equivalent and
  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance; and
  • Work experience

Application deadline

  • Apply by 30 November 2019 to commence in February 2020


$16,624 for four subjects.

Applicants will also be considered for a Faculty fee remission scholarship of 75%.

How to apply and questions

Applications are not yet open for the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Business Leadership.

Register your interest or make an enquiry with our Academic Programs team and we’ll let you know when applications open: