FlexiMasters in General Management Programme Overview

FlexiMasters in General Management course is offered by Nanyang Business School, Singapore, as part of the FlexiMasters series launched by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore).

Our FlexiMasters in General Management programme for executives aims to equip you with the skills necessary to run modern enterprises. The five-course sequence will focus on key aspects of business strategy, people management, operations, company governance, cultural intelligence, and business negotiation. Attending this course is also a pathway for you to enter a Nanyang MBA or the Professional MBA at Nanyang Business School.

Alfred Yeo

Profoundly Deaf takes on FlexiMasters

“The programme allows me to pursue my educational goals on a part-time basis and it is tailored around my work commitments and my activities. I am able to learn many things throughout the course in aspects of business strategy, people management, operations, company governance, cultural intelligence and business negotiation.” 

— Senior Associate, Alfred Yeo

David Fong

FlexiMasters gives me a taster into an MBA programme

"I am trying to balance across more micro-credentials in management, leadership to really give that additional boost to elevate my career. I wanted to pick up management level skillsets without being in the long haul. The FlexiMasters provided that good balance, and also gave me a taster into what an MBA programme entails.”

— Regional Director, David Fong

Wennie Sia

Learning interdisciplinary soft skills with FlexiMasters

“As civil engineers rarely dabble in day-to-day operations, picking up these relevant skills in operations from the FlexiMasters helped me gain more confidence. The knowledge and skills I gained have not only opened up new opportunities, but also instilled a sense of confidence in navigating the workplace.”

— Civil Consulting Engineer, Wennie Sia

Dominic Tan | FlexiMasters in General Management

Awaken your confidence and self-belief with FlexiMasters

“The experience of the FlexiMasters has enriched me with a sense of empowerment I haven’t felt in a very long time. The learning strengthens my passion and experience in my domain expertise as a bona fide practicing Independent Business Consultant while still performing as an Event Director/Curator.”

— Entrepreneur and Event Director, Dominic Tan

  • Provide you with better access to postgraduate-level training so you can personalise your learning pathway and upskill/reskill in a timely fashion.

  • Enable you to build on your experience, transit and prepare for a career shift, and become future-ready in an ever-changing employment market.

  • Earn credits that you can stack towards a postgraduate degree at Nanyang Business School, Singapore.

1. Our programme consists of five advanced business courses, worth a total of 15 academic units (AUs):

  • Five courses, each worth three AUs

2. Each course comprises:

  • An online 9-hour self-paced component
  • A 30-hour in-class component, over four weekends
  • You are required to attain a minimum of GP 2.5, a C+ grade equivalent, to be awarded the AU for each course

3. Mode of class delivery:

  • The default mode of delivery are in-person classes, with considerations for online classes when necessary

4. Upon graduating, the following qualifications will be awarded:

  • FlexiMasters will be awarded to students attaining 15 AUs, with a minimum GP of 2.5, a C+ grade equivalent, from each considered course
  • Graduate Certificate will be awarded to students attaining 9 AUs, with a minimum GP of 2.5, a C+ grade equivalent, from each considered course

While no pre-requisites are needed to enrol in the course/s, participants with relevant background and/or experience may have a better understanding of their course content.

The next intake for this programme will be in September 2024.

If an intake is fully enrolled, your application will be considered for the next available intake.

Updates to your application status will be sent to you at least 6 weeks before commencement of the programme.

As seats are limited, please send in your application early to avoid disappointment.

Module Class Dates
People Management 07 Sep, 14 Sep, 21 Sep, 28 Sep 2024
Strategic Management 19 Oct, 26 Oct, 2 Nov, 9 Nov 2024
Cultural Intelligence & Business Negotiation 08 Feb, 15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1 Mar 2025
Operations 15 Mar, 22 Mar, 5 Apr, 12 Apr 2025
Business Ethics & Corporate Governance 26 Apr, 03 May, 17 May, 24 May 2025

 

Programme Attendance
  • Successfully admitted participants have to commit to the published schedule.
  • The course duration is 30 weeks, with four Saturday classes per module.
  • All classes are held in-person only at the Lifelong Learning Institute (near Paya Lebar MRT) and NTU Nanyang Business School Gaia (for the last module) from 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • No make-up classes for absentees.
  • Mandatory attendance is required for programme info session and details will be provided upon successful admittance into the programme.
  • Nanyang Technological University reserves the right to change the date, time, venue, and mode of delivery of classes due to unforeseen circumstances or prevailing government advisory.

ModuleObjective

Strategic Management

Strategic Management

Gain insights into the practice of strategy formulation in their relevant contexts by studying cases of how organizations have deployed their capabilities to achieve strategic outcomes in their lines of business.

 

People Management

People Management

The global economy presents many opportunities and challenges for businesses and their leaders.

Managers need to develop a repertoire of people management capabilities to remain effective. This course aims to give you both theoretical and practical understanding of what is required to lead people in organizations, be it in your own country of origin, in a different country, or leading across many countries or cultures (where people may be similar or quite different to you in different respects).

You will realise the importance of developing interpersonal relationships and building social networks, gaining better self-awareness when working within teams and alongside ‘machines. It will also prepare you to lead yourself and teams authentically in a VUCA workplace within a world with ‘less work’.

You will gain insights about your own leadership competencies and will get a chance to further develop many of them, acquiring a systems perspective of your role as a leader in advancing the good in the workplace and society. You will also gain a deeper understanding of organizations’ perspectives on talent management and how firms use strategic human resource processes to ensure the execution of business strategies. 

Operations

Operations

The operations function in an organisation is responsible for the design, control, and improvement of systems concerned with the production and delivery of goods and services. As operations account for a significant portion of the value add and cost in any business, even a small advantage in operations can mean the difference between winning and losing in a competitive marketplace.

In this course, we will demonstrate that operations management can serve two purposes: 
  • To support corporate strategy
  • To inspire business model innovation

To succeed in either of these two endeavours, this course will introduce the fundamental concepts, best practices, and key challenges/issues in managing business operations.

The course will use a mix of case studies, readings, exercises, and lectures to convey the course content. This course is particularly relevant if you are interested in a consulting career or have entrepreneurial inclinations. If you are interested in other business functions such as finance or marketing, you may appreciate the material in this course as it provides a better perspective on the overall workings of a business organisation.

Business Ethics & Corporate Governance

Business Ethics & Corporate Governance

Business ethics and Corporate governance (BE&CG) will stimulate the mindset of managers and leaders to balance the key, often conflicting priorities faced in leadership, business, government, family-owned businesses, and in the not-for-profit work environment. The aim is to develop strategies to make difficult, but crucial organisational decisions considering the dynamic external environment.

BE&CG provides insights into what it takes to develop and/or strengthen an effective governance structure to enable the organisation to meet increasingly challenging goals aligned with different stakeholders’ sometimes conflicting needs. We will discuss pertinent and topical issues to provoke you to think about what accountability and responsible risk-taking really mean and foster an understanding of incorporating and embedding ethical practices in your strategy.

We will cover ethical leadership, corporate social responsibility (human rights, labour, and the environment); anti-bribery and corruption, and corporate governance.

Cultural Intelligence & Business Negotiation

Cultural Intelligence & Business Negotiation

The global economy presents many opportunities and challenges for businesses and their leaders. Senior executives need to develop a repertoire of strategic leadership capabilities to remain effective and manage stakeholders. One of the most important capabilities needed is cultural intelligence (CQ) – the ability to function effectively across a variety of cultural contexts. 

This course will equip you with a working understanding of CQ and, with a three-step process (self-awareness, cultural mapping, and style switching), enable you to work more effectively across cultural boundaries globally and in Asia.

Not many objectives in life can be achieved unilaterally. To get things done, we often need to obtain the agreement and cooperation of other people or organisations. Negotiation is essential not only in a professional or business context but also in social and personal settings. Strong negotiation skills are therefore an important prerequisite for professional and personal success.

You are a good negotiator if you can get what you want from your negotiating counterparts; you are an excellent negotiator if those negotiating counterparts are happy to deal with you again. Good negotiation skills can be innate; excellent negotiation skills require careful thought and attention to the process.

This module is designed to allow you to have a deeper understanding of your own negotiation strengths and weaknesses, to equip you with the tools and framework for analysing and preparing for negotiations, and to help you hone the negotiation skills so crucial for success in leadership roles and dealings with internal as well as external parties.

This module adopts a variety of instructional methods, from lectures, videos, and discussions to experiential learning through role-playing and simulation exercises. The negotiation exercises are drawn from a variety of contexts, and include bilateral and multilateral negotiations. The exercises will cover negotiations for deal-making as well as negotiations for resolving conflicts or disagreements. 

 

FlexiMasters in General Management can be stacked into the Nanyang MBA or the Professional MBA at Nanyang Business School and similarly accredited under the following conditions:

  • Up to 15 academic units (AUs) of FlexiMasters may be transferred to Nanyang MBA or the Professional MBA (5 courses equivalent). The 5 courses are as follows:
    - Strategic Management
    - People Management
    - Operations
    - Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
    - Cultural Intelligence and Business Negotiation.
  • The academic units earned from FlexiMasters are valid for five (5) years for transfer of credits to a relevant/adjoining Master’s by Coursework programme.

  • Transfer of credits is by application and the application will be assessed and approved by the Programme Owners.

  • Transfer of credit eligibility will be reviewed by the postgraduate programme office upon application for a Master’s degree programme, subjected to all prevailing policies at NBS and NTU at that time. 

  • The minimum Grade Point eligible for transfer of credits is 2.5. The Programme Owners may recommend a higher Grade Point for transfer of credits.

  • Academic units from Graduate Certificate or FlexiMasters programme that are approved for transfer of credits will however not be included in the computation of CGPA for the Master’s by Coursework programme.

  • The course must not have been used for exemption/transfer of credits into another programme
  • FlexiMasters Alumni who are successful Master's programme applicants may enjoy course fee discount and subsidy schemes for the Master's programme.

Admission to Full Nanyang Business School Master’s Programme
Participants have to meet all required admission standards of the selected Master’s programme.
 Course Fees in SGD
 Fees BEFORE
funding & GST
Fees AFTER
funding & 9% GST
Singapore Citizens (aged 21-39) / PR (aged ≥21)
70% Funding
$20,000.00 $6,540.00
Singapore Citizens (aged ≥40)
MCES1 - up to 90%
$20,000.00 $2,540.00
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens / PR
ETSS2 - up to 90%
$20,000.00 $2,540.00
NTU Alumni
Fee payable after 70% SSG Funding and use of $1,600 **NTU Alumni Course Credits
$20,000.00$6,016.80

1. Under the SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) scheme. For more information, visit the SkillsFuture website here.
2. Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (ETSS) scheme. For more information, click here.

Singapore Citizens, aged 25 and above, and self-sponsored, may use their SkillsFuture Credit to defray full or part of the nett course fee.

Singapore Citizens, aged 40 and above, and self-sponsored, may use their NEW Top-up of $4,000 SkillsFuture Credit (Mid-Career) to defray full or part of the nett course fee only for FlexiMasters courses that can be stacked into the respective Master’s programme.

You can submit your SkillsFuture Credit claims by logging into MySkillsFuture.sg. Please click here for “How do I submit a claim for SkillsFuture credit?” and other FAQs.

Funding Requirements
- You must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each module.
- You must complete and pass all assessment components.

You do not need to contact SkillsFuture for funding before course registration. NTU will handle the funding paperwork for both self and company-sponsored applicants. You will be invoiced the nett amount after funding and GST.

**NTU Alumni Course Credits
All self-sponsored NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their alumni credits of $1,600 to co-pay up to 50% of the nett fee (exclusive of prevailing GST) payable for courses offered by NTU-Continuing Education Training (CET) Units. It is your responsibility to inform us if you wish to utilize alumni credits before the start of the programme. For more info, please click here.

1. What is the course schedule and duration of the FlexiMasters programme?

Please look under ‘Course Schedule & Venue’ for the schedule and duration of the classes.  

 

2. Will I be able to pursue more than 1 FlexiMasters programme?

There are no restrictions but it’s advisable to take up 1 FlexiMasters at a time as the schedule might overlap. Eventually, all of the applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee.

 

3. I’m only interested in one of the modules in one of the FlexiMasters Programme. Will I be able to pursue that module?

FlexiMasters is a bundled programme. When you apply for a FlexiMasters programme, it will be considered that you’re applying for all the modules.

 

4. How will the credits earned from the FlexiMasters contribute to a NBS Master’s programme?

FlexiMasters is a stackable programme where credits earned are eligible for credit transfer to a NBS Master’s programme. However, participants are required to meet the admission standards of their selected NBS Master’s programme. For more information about the NBS Master’s Programme, you may visit this link: https://www.ntu.edu.sg/business/admissions/graduate-studies


5. What is the course assessment like?

Course assessment will differ from module to module. This will be determined by the respective teaching faculty. Assessment components will be shared upon successful admittance to the programme. Some of the assessment components may consist of Individual coursework, Group coursework, Quizzes and Class Participation.

 

6. When will the course outlines be made available?

Course outlines will be shared upon successful admittance to the FlexiMasters programme.

 

7. Can I still use my Alumni Credit? When does my Alumni Credit Expire? Can I check the balance of my Alumni Credit?

Kindly email to PACE regarding queries of your Alumni Credit:  [email protected]


8. Can I get a rough idea of the difficulty level?

These are advanced graduate Business courses embedded with academic rigour necessary for the academic units in the programme. Due diligence is required to pass the modules in the programme.

 

9. If I do not pass the course or any of its components, would the funding still hold? Or would it be revoked?

In the event you do not pass a course, you will not be eligible for funding. Hence, you will have to pay for any outstanding fees thereafter.

 

10. Will there be more details available on the course curriculum, such as the types of software being used and the specific topics covered in each module?

Once you have successfully enrolled into the programme, more information will be given to you regarding the modules.

 

Find out about the FlexiMasters route, the various subsidies and more here

  • An administrative fee may be imposed and there will be no refund of course fee for participants who withdraw from the programme after successful admission. 
  • Nanyang Technological University reserves the right to change the date, time, venue, and mode of delivery of classes due to unforeseen circumstances or prevailing government advisory.
  • All FlexiMasters programme registrations will be submitted to the NTU Academic Programme Admissions Committee. Registrants will be notified of their admission status prior to the start of the programme, and NTU will have the final decision on FlexiMasters programme admissions.
  • Nanyang Technological University will have the final decision on the mode of delivery for the class (either in-person or online) and participants will be notified accordingly.
  • There will be no make-up classes for absentees. 
  • Participants who wish to progress to a Master’s Programme upon attaining a Graduate Certificate or a FlexiMasters must submit a separate application for admission and the criteria for admission to the Master’s Programme would apply.
For more information about this course, please contact us at  [email protected]​​.