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Old 06-15-2016, 03:17 PM   #1
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Default Is the 2nd Major in Business worth it? (NTU MBS)

Hello, I have been accepted into NTU Maritime with Business major, but Im still very unsure about whether the business major is worth it. I have a rather long list of concerns, so thank you in advance for reading them. I really appreciate it.

How much extra workload is there specifically, compared to MS? I've read many forum posts and there are opposing views. There are people who say that it is manageable as it overlaps with the electives and also people who say that MSB students "take everything we(NBS students) take in Year 1 except for commfund, plus half our second year mods." (http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/de...205927-14.html). Although I dont really understand what some of the terms mean, but it does sound like a ton of extra work.
Would there still be sufficient time for things like cca? I dont want to spent my whole time in Uni just studying.

Other that manageability, is it very tough to score well in the business modules? I've read that the business major modules would be graded and we would have to compete against the NBS students. Wouldn't we be at a disadvantage against the NBS students, who take biz as their primary major? Is it very tough to score well for the business modules?

Also, do we have a choice to drop our business major? Or would we be made to drop our business major if we are not performing well?

How much of an edge is this extra business major going to give you over the rest of your peers who dont in the industry? Is it really worth taking the business major? I dont wish to go into MSB, and at the end of the day have my grades pulled down by my 2nd major. If this would be the case, i would rather opt for MS.

Any current undergraduates or postgraduates from Maritime Studies able to provide any answers, information or tips? Thank you very much!

Ps. Sorry for the long post

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Old 07-18-2016, 10:26 PM   #2
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Hello, I have been accepted into NTU Maritime with Business major, but Im still very unsure about whether the business major is worth it. I have a rather long list of concerns, so thank you in advance for reading them. I really appreciate it.

How much extra workload is there specifically, compared to MS? I've read many forum posts and there are opposing views. There are people who say that it is manageable as it overlaps with the electives and also people who say that MSB students "take everything we(NBS students) take in Year 1 except for commfund, plus half our second year mods." (http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/de...205927-14.html). Although I dont really understand what some of the terms mean, but it does sound like a ton of extra work.
Would there still be sufficient time for things like cca? I dont want to spent my whole time in Uni just studying.

Other that manageability, is it very tough to score well in the business modules? I've read that the business major modules would be graded and we would have to compete against the NBS students. Wouldn't we be at a disadvantage against the NBS students, who take biz as their primary major? Is it very tough to score well for the business modules?

Also, do we have a choice to drop our business major? Or would we be made to drop our business major if we are not performing well?

How much of an edge is this extra business major going to give you over the rest of your peers who dont in the industry? Is it really worth taking the business major? I dont wish to go into MSB, and at the end of the day have my grades pulled down by my 2nd major. If this would be the case, i would rather opt for MS.

Any current undergraduates or postgraduates from Maritime Studies able to provide any answers, information or tips? Thank you very much!

Ps. Sorry for the long post
Hi, I am not from maritime with a business major, but I am a business student. I hope this will help you get some insights.

On the question on workload, the statement you quoted means you will be taking all the year 1 modules Business students take + half of the year 2 modules. This will total to around 15 to 16 modules. (Think modules as classes/ subjects). How double major works (at least in NBS), is that the modules will replace your "Unrestricted Electives". How does that affect you is simply: 1. You can't take other classes that interests you (be it in the arts, social sciences etc), and 2. You can't SU the business modules (SU = pass or fail and it doesn't affect your GPA if you choose to exercise it).

Whether you have time for cca, it is simply on how you manage your time. I see double degree students (they take the full loads of two degrees unlike double majors) having leaderships role in their cca, so why not?

Tough to score for business modules, again, depends on how much effort you put in (and realistically as well, your strengths and weaknesses). Why I say that is because Year 1 NBS modules are generic. They cover a range of writing essay to calculation. So for example, your strengths is in statistics and hate writing, you would score for the module called "statistics" but not so well (maybe) on marketing. Like you, there are many types of business students - people who are strong in writing, and people who are strong in maths, so the bellcurve shifts accordingly.

For Year 2 NBS Modules, I assume you will have to choose your specialisation. The idea is the same as the previous paragraph, your "strengths" will more or less determine your choice. If one love statistics, one would go actuarial (most of the time), while you like marketing products, you would go for marketing. This will cause a steeper bellcurve as you are competing with people who are stronger in that area (as compared to in Year 1). I have seen students who has a minor in Business struggle to beat the bell curve, but it is not impossible as well.

For students in NBS who has double majors, they are allowed to drop their major. I even seen people dropping their double degree, so I don't see why you can't. But please check on this with your school. The school doesn't force people to drop, they simply send warning letters, showing concerns about your performance. I think it is still up to you whether you want to drop it or not.

How much of an edge it will give you again, depends where you decide to go. Again, I am not from maritime so I wouldn't know. But if you choose to enter the business sector (such as finance), it will give you a little more advantage over your peers.

Hope these answers your concerns.
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Thank you sooo much for the effort to reply to all of my questions and with the essential info as well. I really appreciate it. I now have a greater understanding of what I would be dealing with in this course. Thanks again!
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