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About the Course

This course is for users who want to learn how to write SAS programs to access, explore, prepare, and analyze data. It is the entry point to learning SAS programming for data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. It is a prerequisite to many other SAS courses. By the end of this course, you will know how to use SAS Studio to write and submit SAS programs that access SAS, Microsoft Excel, and text data. You will know how to explore and validate data, prepare data by subsetting rows and computing new columns, analyze and report on data, export data and results to other formats, use SQL in SAS to query and join tables. Prerequisites: Learners should have experience using computer software. Specifically, you should be able to understand file structures and system commands on your operating systems and access data files on your operating systems. No prior SAS experience is needed....

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Jul 16, 2020

Provides an amazing foundation in SAS as a programmer/data analyst! It covers a lot of important topics to get you started using SAS in real world. It exceeded my expectations, highly recommend it!


Nov 13, 2021

Excellent! This class was super well constructed with great activities and demos in SAS Studio. The instructor was wonderful at explaining everything as well. I learned a lot and really enjoyed it.

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By Venkatesh K H

Jun 30, 2020

This was an excellent course. Meticulously planned for a beginner with no much knowledge on SAS. However basic programming logic or knowledge is highly useful. This course has benefited me a lot.

By Surya P K

May 14, 2020

Simple, Straight to the point, Engages learners with tiny quizzes to help in learning actively. Could have more reading material as optional to dive deeper though. Overall, Great beginner course.

By Brian M

Feb 21, 2019

This course offers a solid foundation to anyone who is interested in beginning to use SAS. I have found the demos, activites and practices to be fairly easy yet still required me to use my brain.

By Krzysztof P

Jun 4, 2019

Great introduction to SAS, heavy focused on deep understanding of what's happening behind the scenes and how data is processed. The course offers a lot of interactive coding experience with SAS Studio platform through many activities and code-based quizes. Starting from zero level, but I think it may require a bit of understanding of some basic programming concepts as variables, loops, conditional statements, code compilation and execution.

By Jasmine M

Mar 17, 2020

Thank you all the teachers for preparing all these courses and practice!

What I admire:

courses are short and one course for one topic at a time

practice includes fundamental parts and advanced parts

every step is set well before the courses such as "" and

SAS provides university edition for students whose organizations provide no access for them to legal SAS

Coursera offers me a chance or I wouldn't be able to join the course due to the shortage of finance

and many so on

What I have tried:

besides the answers given, I've searched for more ways to solve questions.

I've made and uploaded my own notes in markdown format on GitHub []. Here I have to announce that the note is shared for spreading the knowledge and for no commercial use. If it is involved in infringement, please contact me [] to delete it. I would apologize sincerely for it in a proper way so please don't charge me :)

What I wish:

some questions, which seem like "giveaway questions" such as "do you think...", can be changed into multiple-choice questions or other types of questions.

there will be a final test for all the knowledge taught in courses such as a project or something else so that the knowledge can be applied comprehensively and organically.

At the end of the course "Getting Started with SAS Programming", thank you very much for providing such a chance for me to consolidate my capacity of basic SAS programming!


Nov 27, 2018

Great course for the learners who do not have any programming experience. This course is a hand holding techinique where anyone can learn the programming easily. The practise Exercise were great to brush up. I like the course very much. Thank You! Coursera. KEEP IT UP!.

By Deleted A

Jul 17, 2020

Provides an amazing foundation in SAS as a programmer/data analyst! It covers a lot of important topics to get you started using SAS in real world. It exceeded my expectations, highly recommend it!

By Patricia I V

Apr 1, 2019

Very helpful! The videos and demos are so on point.

By Geneva D

Feb 10, 2022

I would say I learned a lot of operations but if someone set me up with a bunch of data files and described what they wanted me to produce (as would happen on the job doing some kind of research or data analysis) I would struggle a bit. In other words, my ability to apply what i've learned in the real world is probably pretty low compared to what I would be able to do if I took a real-time, collaborative course, or even if there had been a bi-weekly live discussion, or office hours to discuss open ended questions. But then, what more can you ask for at $50 a month. Looking forward to spending my own time working with the class data, and then moving on to a more advanced SAS course.

By Michael K

Feb 25, 2019

This course gives a decent overview of the language, but you will only learn trivial operations on data.

By bala v

Apr 19, 2020

Had a great experience. Thoroughly felt interesting throughout.

By Fen L

Mar 27, 2019

Very good, especially the SAS Studio practice part!

By Laura K

Jul 25, 2021

This is a basic course in Sas programming. Although the course covers the basics I would have appreciated more practice exercises. It seems every chapter progresses very quickly from one or two practice exercises to more complicated quizzes. These exercises could be optional for those that are able to move through the course more quickly, but would be appreciated by some as repetition is really the best way to cement this type of knowledge.

By Brent A

Aug 9, 2020

It is good but could be more detailed in the explanations of statements.

By Muhammad A

Aug 22, 2019

Utter garbage.

This is a ripoff.

The code doesn't work and the forums are filled with people all stuck on the same issue.

on top of that SAS on Demand for academics has its servers go down often so you will end up paying a lot when you have to take out another month for reasons outside of your control.


Aug 25, 2020

I was not able to download SAS app. Due to which I am not able to start with my course.

By Oscar R

Jan 12, 2021

this is way to hard to understand for a beginner

By Mary S

Apr 15, 2022

I've taken a number of online courses through Coursera and edX. I was truly impressed by this course. There was clearly a lot of though put into the design of the course. The "lecturers" were clear and to the point, and were scripted ahead of time (rather than being delivered off-the-cuff), which ensured that they were well thought out. There were dozens of programming demonstrations and hands-on programming activities to be performed in SAS Studio (online access is free), so you can put what you learn right to work with very useful example data sets (which are provided in SAS Studio). Each module contains a syntax review sheet at the end, and well-designed quizzes with helpful feedback. I highly recommend this course. I wish that the same developers of this course could develop courses for other programming languages, such as R!


Oct 11, 2022

O curso é muito bom. Se aprende nesse curso os principais conceitos do SAS e muitas dicas importantes para seguir desenvolvendo e se aprimorando em programação no SAS. Indico para quem esta começando no SAS assim como também quer rever conceitos importantes. Eu aprendi coisas que nunca tinha visto no SAS e esse ainda é um curso basico. Parabéns a todos os envolvidos na produção desse material. The course is very good. The course teaches the main concepts of SAS and important tips to follow in this SAS and improve in SAS programming. I recommend it to those who are also interested in SAS as well as reviewing concepts. I learned things I had never seen in SAS and this is still a basic course. Congratulations to everyone involved in the production of this material.

By Julio T

Sep 25, 2023

The course is great! it is very well structured. SAS is a very powerful tool, that helps people do things in a few steps, that would take lines and lines of code in other languages. This however comes to the price of learning the syntax with a lot of attention and care, this course is to be taken continuously to practice practice practice. The questions are very precise and there is no room for mistakes. I loved this course and learning about SAS, I am going to continue with this incredible journey of Data Analysis with the other courses in the specialization.

By Tyler B

Nov 4, 2021

The course is excellent and clearly well designed. SAS itself has issues as a legacy programming language that anyone familiar with object oriented programming might struggle with - the syntax often does not seem consistent between procs and some parts of the language feel tacked on. But as a learning tool, this course is exactly what I needed. Regardless of my complaints about SAS, it is widely used and knowing it will help me in my career. This course was a great way to learn it.

By Edgar G R

Mar 21, 2019

I had a great time learning and understanding the power of SAS, its versatility, flexibility and functionality, to know how data is being accessed, explored, prepared, analyzed, reported and exported into any format for end users. It is a great tool to understand data and from there, make decisions which has impact on others: ourselves, our businesses, our communities, our families. Thank you, Coursera team and SAS instructors for making this powerful tool available to others.

By Ahmad E H

Oct 30, 2020

Many thanks for SAS and for our great instructor Stacey on this amazing course. If you want to build a career in SAS then this specialization is your starting point. Every thing is explained in a simple terms, straight to the point video's, and real-world activities while using SAS Software. You don't need to have any programming or SQL experience at all which shows how powerful this course is to not have any prior knowledge.

By Lourdes S

Dec 13, 2021

The profesor Stacey Sypgus is a great lecturer, she's enthusiastic and explains very well. The course has a lot of practice, and lets explore some of the main functions of SAS. Maybe the concepts are presented in a shallow way, because it is an introductory course. I would like to learn some statistics analyses such as t or correlation tests. I recommend this course as a good foundation for this programming language.

By Kashyap M

May 8, 2019

This is an excellent course. I am a total beginner in SAS, doing week 2 of this course and the instructor has done an excellent job in explaining the things in clear terms. The biggest plus point is the hands-on practical part. The practical part really helps you connect what you have learned in the videos and how to apply it. This is undoubtedly one of the best online courses I have been a part of. Cheers!