A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.
Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in four to five months.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Ideally, your background would include some basics of data manipulation, statistics, and models for decision making. Learners must have working knowledge of Excel and some basic understanding of high-level programming instructions. This is not a computer science specialization but students will be learning some basic commands in SQL.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Although the four courses in the specialization can be taken separately, they are deeply integrated around their lessons. We recommend taking them in the order that they are offered.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
At the end of this specialization, you will be able to:
Apply data analytics to business problems. This involves the entire business analytics process, from data capturing, extraction, analysis, modeling, and presentation of findings.
Extract and manipulate data stored in large databases using SQL.
Identify and apply statistical models that are commonly used to implement descriptive analytics.
Apply predictive analytics tools to data sets and interpret results. In particular, you will be able to use Excel-based tools to construct models based on regression, simulation, and data mining.
Apply prescriptive analytics tools to data sets and interpret results. In particular, you will be able to use Excel-based tools to construct models pertaining to linear programming, integer programming, and simulation-optimization methods.
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