About this Specialization
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Beginner Level

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 7 hours/week

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Skills you will gain

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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 7 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Korean, Hindi, Persian, Chinese (Simplified), Polish...

Learners taking this Specialization are

  • Data Engineers
  • Data Scientists
  • Data Analysts
  • Machine Learning Engineers
  • Risk Managers

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.

how it works

There are 6 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Introduction to Big Data

4.6
5,402 ratings
1,312 reviews
Course2

Big Data Modeling and Management Systems

4.4
2,132 ratings
347 reviews
Course3

Big Data Integration and Processing

4.4
1,526 ratings
325 reviews
Course4

Machine Learning With Big Data

4.6
1,295 ratings
242 reviews

Instructors

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Ilkay Altintas

Chief Data Science Officer
San Diego Supercomputer Center
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Amarnath Gupta

Director, Advanced Query Processing Lab
San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
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Mai Nguyen

Lead for Data Analytics
San Diego Supercomputer Center

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About University of California San Diego

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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.

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

  • This course is for those new to data science. No prior programming experience is needed, although the ability to install applications and utilize a virtual machine is necessary to complete the hands-on assignments.

  • This specialization relies on several open-source software tools, including Apache Hadoop. All required software can be downloaded and installed free of charge (except for data charges from your internet provider). Software requirements include: Windows 7+, Mac OS X 10.10+, Ubuntu 14.04+ or CentOS 6+ VirtualBox 5+

  • We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • You will be able to process, analyze, and interpret massive and complex data using current big data technologies. You will have the basic skills to model, manage and process big data of various sources and formats.

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