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.
What GIS software do I need?
You will need ArcGIS Desktop to complete the course projects, as well as ArcGIS Online for the capstone project. Students who are enrolled and paying for at least one course are eligible to receive a free, one-year educational license for ArcGIS Desktop, as well as a free ArcGIS Online enterprise account. Instructions on how to obtain these are available in each course. There is a limit of one license and online account per student taking any of the courses in this specialization.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The Specialization can be completed in 24 weeks, although students may work at their own pace and finish in more or less time.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No prior knowledge is necessary to successfully complete the Specialization.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
It is recommended that you take the courses in the order listed in the Specialization. The courses build on each other, as they each introduce practical skills that require a certain level of conceptual understanding, and you will get the most out of the courses if you do them in order.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
No, the courses and Specialization will not count for university credit.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will understand the fundamental concepts of basic cartography and spatial analysis using a geographic information system (GIS), and be able to apply them using GIS software.
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