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.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
If you complete each course on schedule, the Specialization should take about 4-6 months to complete.
What background knowledge is necessary?
You should have some experience programming in at least one other coding language.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
This Specialization's courses are designed to be completed in sequential order. You should start with our first course, Java Programming: Solving Problems with Software.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
These Coursera courses are not official courses at either Duke University or the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), but rather are courses created by Duke and UCSD faculty in which you can earn a Coursera certificate. To learn more about Coursera certificates, please see: https://www.coursera.org/signature/. These courses' Coursera certificates do not represent university credit or continuing education units from either Duke or UCSD and do not come with a university transcript.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You should be able to program in Java and design software applications using object oriented programming design.
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