About this Specialization

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100% online courses

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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 3 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean

Skills you will gain

Python ProgrammingR ProgrammingMapreduceSQL

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 3 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean

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 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Data Manipulation at Scale: Systems and Algorithms

4.3
stars
708 ratings
155 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Practical Predictive Analytics: Models and Methods

4.1
stars
291 ratings
55 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Communicating Data Science Results

3.6
stars
130 ratings
36 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Data Science at Scale - Capstone Project

4.1
stars
21 ratings
5 reviews

Instructor

Image of instructor, Bill Howe

Bill Howe 

Director of Research
Scalable Data Analytics

About University of Washington

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the West Coast and is one of the preeminent research universities in the world....

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 based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 5 months.

  • 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.

  • 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 have experience working independently on data science challenges, analyzing real data sources on and off the web, potentially at terabyte-scale. You will be poised to pursue deeper technical study in software systems, scalable algorithms, statistics, machine learning, and visualization.

  • Learners will need intermediate programming experience (roughly equivalent to two college courses) and some familiarity with databases. Programming assignments throughout the Specialization will use a combination of Python, SQL, Scala, R, and Javascript; familiarity with one or more of these languages will be helpful.

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