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Business Administration in Indigenous Business Leadership

Graduate Certificate

The IBL GCBA, a component of the new Indigenous business leadership executive MBA program, aims to prepare and empower experienced Indigenous leaders, professionals and managers to meet the challenges and pace of today’s changing global business environment. The program includes the core concepts and knowledge covered in most MBA programs while recognizing and incorporating Indigenous world views, traditional knowledge, cultural protocols and history throughout the curricula.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in the Graduate General Regulation 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. An undergraduate degree in business, management, commerce, marketing or entrepreneurship and a minimum of ten years of applicable work experience is ideal. A two-year diploma with outstanding grades as well as extensive work experience in the Indigenous community in a managerial or professional position will be taken into consideration. There is no direct entry into the program.

Program Requirements

The program consists of course work for a minimum of 12 graduate units. Specific topic courses may be substituted at the discretion of the academic director.

Students must complete all of

BUS 600 - Orientation (0)

The IBL orientation course is an intensive 1-day program for students to meet each other and to develop strategies for academic success. Through experiential learning and team building activities students develop understanding and skills for contributing effectively in team-based learning environment. Students will learn about academic expectations as well as resource support available at SFU. This course is graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Only for students in the Indigenous Business Leadership.

BUS 608 - Indigenous Business Leadership and Organization (4)

Explores the topics of organization theory and leadership in developing the potential of Indigenous leadership to drive meaningful change. Topics include intergenerational legacies in Indigenous contexts and leadership capabilities necessary to respond to the needs and aspirations of Indigenous communities. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.

BUS 614 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Indigenous Communities (4)

Explores the development and assessment of ideas and opportunities and considers the impact that Indigenous entrepreneurship can have on supporting and developing Indigenous communities. Discusses how to attract and develop resources to enact ideas and deliver value from identified opportunities. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G400 Sarah Lubik
BUS 622 - Fundamentals of Project Management in Indigenous Organizations (4)

Fundamentals of project management and the roles in successful project leadership. Explores the project management life cycle, proven tools and techniques, and the role of the project manager. Introduces agile approaches to project management and contrasts with traditional approaches. Balances practice and theory while focusing on developing the skills to help Indigenous leaders become effective project managers. Prerequisite: Only for students in the IBL EMBA program.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within one term.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.