At A Glance


SFU's Beedie School of Business has a long and very successful history of providing customized MBA programs to executives to meet their specific needs. Over the years, the faculty has developed relationships with a number of First Nations organizations as well as with established businesses who have a strong interest in building good relations with Aboriginal communities. With appropriate partnerships and the support of Aboriginal leaders, SFU's Beedie School of Business is well equipped to adapt its EMBA program to meet the interests of Aboriginal managers and leaders.

Indigenous worldviews have entered the classroom. This includes a stronger awareness of the interconnection between all things, a need for balance as an important criterion of success, and an approach to governance and decision-making that emphasizes consensus in the form of an ongoing accommodation of interests.

This comprehensive program gives students a 360-degree view of organizations, a strategic mindset and a conceptual framework for new levels of responsibility. Students will learn to apply a strategic perspective to changing environments, both globally and locally.


Participants will share a concern for "nation-building", as well as running successful businesses. Many participants will have gained leadership experience as members of councils or as senior administrators for band council governments and some may expect to continue in those roles. Even those who work in businesses will often have experience in implementing economic development strategies developed in relation to their Nation's interests.

Students may include:
  • An aboriginal community leader (elected or staff)
  • Individuals running an Aboriginal business
  • Leaders in aboriginal organizations (including health and education service delivery organizations)
  • Board directors or senior staff of an aboriginal economic development corporation
  • Managers working for any business in aboriginal relations
  • Individuals managing large scale projects that require significant interaction with First Nations communities and businesses

Students in the current cohort include: leaders and senior administrators in politics, governance, health, education, social service, and Aboriginal economic development organizations; individuals working in Aboriginal relations in major corporations; independent business owners.

Recommended Entry Qualifications

The Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership program Admissions Committee adjudicates applicants based on a combination of academic and professional experience. As a guide line, the following qualifications are recommended:

  • An undergraduate degree or a professional designation
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of  3.0
  • 10 years of business experience, with 4-5 years in management

Note that exceptional managers who lack a formal degree or professional designation but who have other outstanding qualifications may be admitted. Candidates with a two-year technology diploma and outstanding grades may also be admitted.

For more information about the application process please see the APPLY tab.

When, Where and How

The start date for the next intake is September 2017. The program is taught in a series of intensive face-to-face sessions totaling about 15 days in each the fall and spring semesters. There are no sessions during the summer semesters. Students will attend classes for 5 semesters, begin their applied strategic project in the fifth semester and complete it during the sixth semester. In between the face-to-face sessions, there is opportunity for online access to faculty and mentors, as well as interactive work with the cohort. Most individual and team assignments will be completed in this manner.

Students beginning in September 2017 will graduate with an MBA degree in June 2020.

Classes are held in Vancouver, with possible offsite location sessions and/or retreats.

The program is considered full-time. You will earn 12 credits in each term for a total of 52 credits, plus a 6 credit applied project. The number of hours in class are equivalent to those taught in every MBA program. However, classes are taught in intensive 8 hour day sessions.


The tuition is the same for all SFU Executive MBA programs: $54,000 (subject to Board of Governor approval. Please note that tuition fees may be subject to change at an increase of 2% per year). Travel and accommodation are not included in the tuition fees.

For further information on program fees and scholarships please contact us directly.


A laptop computer is required in the classroom. Students will need to have computer access on evenings and weekends while on-site. Students may use the library and computing facilities at Harbour Centre while in Vancouver, however a personal computer is strongly recommended. Students will also require computer and internet access between course sessions.

aemba at-a-glance

At a Glance

  • 12 credits per semester
  • 33 months
  • Downtown Vancouver
  • Cost: $54,000*
  • *Subject to Board of Governors approval.

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