Data Analysis and Interpretation Specialization
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About this Specialization
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand. With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.
Frequently Asked Questions
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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?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
Can I take the Specialization for free?
No, Specializations are a premium product, and learners must pay or apply for financial aid to join them. You can access individual course content for free by searching for the course title in the catalog and choosing the This Course Only option when enrolling. You will not earn a Certificate in the free version of the course, or be able to access the Capstone Project.
How long does it take to complete the Data Analysis and Interpretation Specialization?
Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 6-7 months.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule, with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over. The Capstone Project will be offered four times per year on a recurring schedule.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Data Analysis and Interpretation Specialization?
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.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Data Analysis and Interpretation Specialization?
You will be able to access and manage data using either the Python or SAS programming language, explore patterns and associations among variables, and use machine learning methods to develop predictive algorithms. Additionally, you will have a portfolio of hands-on project work that demonstrates your ability to apply all of these methods to real-world situations.
What software will I need to complete the assignments?
You may choose to use either Python or SAS to complete the assignments. Both of these software packages are being made freely available.
What background knowledge is necessary?
This Specialization is appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about data analysis, including those new to the field. Some knowledge of basic programming and familiarity with linear algebra concepts may be helpful, but no specific background is required.
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