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Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA

This program is not eligible for international students at this time.

Our international students are encouraged to explore our Full Time MBA, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration or Master of Science in Finance programs.

The SFU Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA (IBL EMBA) is offered as a cohort under the Executive MBA (EMBA) program and is the only accredited MBA program in North America addressing Indigenous business, economic development and entrepreneurship. Designed primarily for mid-career Indigenous professionals from across Canada, participants are proven leaders who share an interest in Indigenous business management, economic development, Nation-building, and self-determination. The program includes the core concepts and knowledge covered in most MBA programs while recognizing and respecting that traditional knowledge, cultural protocols and history play a significant role in decision-making in Indigenous communities. Students travel to Vancouver to attend intensive one or two-week sessions over the period of 5 terms which permits them to continue to work.

Who it’s for

The program is ideal for mature managers and leaders who have a strong background in managing businesses, developing and implementing economic development plans, experience within an Indigenous government or organization, and/or in another relevant area.

What you’ll learn

The program enhances your management and leadership skills and provides tools to take on new responsibilities within your organization or community. While studying you can continue to contribute in your workplace by applying new theories and approaches. The learning experience includes intensive in-class components for an average of 30 to 35 days per year. This face-to-face learning experience is a significant feature of the IBL EMBA, increasing its value to you and your organizations. Between sessions, you communicate online to complete individual assignments and group projects.


Where it can take you

The IBL EMBA gives you a 360-degree view of Indigenous businesses and economic ventures, nationally and internationally, a strategic mindset and a conceptual framework for new levels of responsibility. You will learn to apply a strategic perspective to changing economic environments and diverse challenges.

Our Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA is designed for those who are working full or part-time so you can expand your skillset, without pausing your career.

  • 20 months
  • In-class components for an average of 30 to 35 days per year mainly at the Beedie School of Business in Vancouver
  • Study tour to Indigenous communities, businesses, or institutions
  • September start date

Domestic students (Citizens & Permanent Residents of Canada): $59,525

Fees and other costs

Student fees: $2,750

An additional cost of $2,000 - $4,000 may be required for the study tour.


Sponsorship from your Nation or other Indigenous Organizations:

For those students who may receive full or partial financial support from their Nation or community to help with the costs of their education, SFU has a process for invoicing and receiving these payments. Please direct your sponsor to visit our instructional page here and complete the “Indigenous (First Nations) and Métis Student Sponsorship Authorization” form before the start of your program. The completed form can be emailed to

For more information on funding opportunities, visit Fund Your Degree.

At the heart of downtown Vancouver is SFU Beedie’s Segal Graduate School campus, a heritage bank reimagined as a 60,000 square-foot landmark housing classrooms, meeting rooms and study spaces.

It’s centrally located with easy access to public transit, which makes getting to and from class exceptionally convenient.

Plus, you’re surrounded by cafes, shops and restaurants. It’s a neighbourhood as vibrant as any.

SFU Beedie’s Segal Graduate School campus respectfully acknowledges that the Beedie School of Business resides on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh SFU respectfully acknowledges the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), sə ̓lilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), kʷikʷə ̓ƛəm (Kwikwetlem), Kwantlen, Katzie Semiahmoo, Qayqayt and Tsawwassen peoples on whose traditional territories our three campuses reside.

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The learners I work with are 95% Indigenous, and I find that they become more interested and retain information more, when we speak and learn from an Indigenous lens. The Indigenous content integrated into the program has been very beneficial to me in terms of how I can incorporate Indigenous information into the curriculum I currently teach.

Wanda Rockthunder, EMBA IBL

Business Instructor, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Cree, a citizen of the Muskowekwan First Nation, Saskatchewan

I always saw myself working beyond clinical pharmacy. I felt that I could also shine on the business side of healthcare. I knew that with my strong clinical training an MBA would help open more doors and give me the mobility I was looking for in my career.

Morenike Akinyemi, FT MBA

Senior Project Manager, Transformation Delivery

Provincial Health Services Authority

My key lessons from the program were learning how to effectively frame and structure a problem or situation, manage a tight schedule, know what to prioritize and how to prioritize it, and identify core problems quickly and addressing them.

Bobbie Dhillon, EMBA

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Planning

G&F Financial Group

The immediate impact of the GDBA has been a change in the way I approach my day professionally. I am equipped to make better decisions. My confidence level has been elevated significantly, and I am enjoying a new sense of optimism in my career.

Percival Chang, GDBA

Manager & Investment Funds Advisor

PH&N Investment Services

The i2I program is perfect for people like me who are deeply involved in science, and who want to look for opportunities in the business world. A program like this opens your mind and teaches you that there is another world of possibilities outside of the lab.

Elena Groppa, i2I

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia Biomedical Research Centre

The comprehensive simulations provided the greatest learning for me. They helped change my mindset and connect the different areas of learning into a comprehensive view of how an organization runs.

Matthew Grunert, MOT MBA

Sr. Director, Digital Operations & IT

Motorola Solutions

The MSc Finance program gave me the technical foundation that I couldn’t function without. I work with clients in very senior roles, and it’s important to demonstrate your technical knowledge to gain their trust.

Christine Jakshoej, MScFin

Head of Professional Services America


The Part-Time MBA was excellent. It gave me exactly what I expected to receive, and I think that is the highest compliment you can pay a program. It met all my expectations and provided a solid grounding in business skills and strategies.

Oliver Zihlmann, PT MBA

Director of Development and Alumni Engagement

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences


FT MBA: Morenike

EMBA: Bobbie

GDBA: Percival

i2I: Elena


MSc Fin: Christine

PT MBA: Oliver