About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 8 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Skills you will gain

Income StatementCostFinancial StatementBalance Sheet
Learners taking this Specialization are
  • Accountants
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)
  • Auditors
  • Financial Analysts
  • Entrepreneurs

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 8 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

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.

Hands-on Project

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.

Earn a Certificate

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.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Understanding Financial Statements: Company Position

4.7
395 ratings
96 reviews
Course2

Understanding Financial Statements: Company Performance

4.7
206 ratings
41 reviews
Course3

Accounting for Business Decision Making: Measurement and Operational Decisions

4.2
74 ratings
11 reviews
Course4

Accounting for Business Decision Making: Strategy Assessment and Control

4.2
41 ratings
6 reviews

Instructors

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Kevin E. Jackson

Associate Professor of Accountancy and PwC Faculty Fellow
Department of Accountancy, College of Business
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Gary Hecht, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accountancy
Department of Accountancy, College of Business
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Sharon P. Cox, Ph.D.

Lecturer
Department of Accountancy

About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Time to completion can vary widely based on your schedule, most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 5-7 months.

  • No background knowledge is necessary for this Specialization.

  • It is recommended that the courses in the Specialization be taken in the order outlined. Some courses do list other courses as prerequisites. In the Capstone Project, you will have the opportunity to synthesize your learning in all four courses and apply your combined skills in a final project.

  • You will be able to understand the financial statements that managers create and provide to company stakeholders (including current and potential stockholders, creditors, regulatory agencies, etc.). You will also be able to identify and understand the nature, purpose, and importance of different types of decision-useful accounting information, and apply this information to common business decisions.

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