About this Specialization

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Ask the right questions, manipulate data sets, and create visualizations to communicate results. This Specialization covers foundational data science tools and techniques, including getting, cleaning, and exploring data, programming in R, and conducting reproducible research. Learners who complete this specialization will be prepared to take the Data Science: Statistics and Machine Learning specialization, in which they build a data product using real-world data. The five courses in this specialization are the very same courses that make up the first half of the Data Science Specialization. This specialization is presented for learners who want to start and complete the foundational part of the curriculum first, before moving onto the more advanced topics in Data Science: Statistics and Machine Learning.
Learner Career Outcomes
39%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
15%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

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Learner Career Outcomes
39%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
15%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Arabic, French, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Spanish, Japanese, Russian...

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 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

The Data Scientist’s Toolbox

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stars
22,342 ratings
4,502 reviews
Course2

Course 2

R Programming

4.6
stars
16,126 ratings
3,302 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Getting and Cleaning Data

4.6
stars
6,752 ratings
1,049 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Exploratory Data Analysis

4.7
stars
5,139 ratings
727 reviews

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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 3-6 months.

  • Some programming experience (in any language) is recommended. We also suggest a working knowledge of mathematics up to algebra (neither calculus or linear algebra are required).

  • Begin by taking The Data Scientist's Toolbox and Introduction to R Programming, in order. The other courses may be taken in any order, and in parallel if desired.

  • 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’ll have a foundational understanding of the field and be prepared to continue studying data science.

  • Yes, you can access the course for free via www.coursera.org/jhu. This will allow you to explore the course, watch lectures, and participate in discussions for free. To be eligible to earn a certificate, you must either pay for enrollment or qualify for financial aid.

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