About this Specialization

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Formulate data questions, explore and visualize large datasets, and inform strategic decisions. In this Specialization, you’ll learn to frame business challenges as data questions. You’ll use powerful tools and methods such as Excel, Tableau, and MySQL to analyze data, create forecasts and models, design visualizations, and communicate your insights. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills to explore and justify improvements to a real-world business process. The Capstone Project focuses on optimizing revenues from residential property, and Airbnb, our Capstone’s official Sponsor, provided input on the project design. Airbnb is the world’s largest marketplace connecting property-owner hosts with travelers to facilitate short-term rental transactions. The top 10 Capstone completers each year will have the opportunity to present their work directly to senior data scientists at Airbnb live for feedback and discussion.
Learner Career Outcomes
42%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish...
Learner Career Outcomes
42%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Vietnamese, Russian, Spanish...

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

Course 1

Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies

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stars
5,834 ratings
1,177 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Mastering Data Analysis in Excel

4.2
stars
3,098 ratings
702 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Data Visualization and Communication with Tableau

4.7
stars
2,173 ratings
467 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Managing Big Data with MySQL

4.7
stars
2,682 ratings
601 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.

  • 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 6-7 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.

  • No prior experience with analytics or programming is required. This Specialization is intended for anyone with an interest in data analysis and its applications in business decision-making.

  • 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 frame practical business questions that can be answered with data, visualize analytical insights in an informative and compelling fashion, and translate and persuasively communicate insights into actionable recommendations for decision-makers.

  • You will need access to Microsoft Excel 2007 (or a more recent version of Microsoft Excel). We will be using the free Solver plugin for optimization problems, and this functionality is not available in alternative online tools such as Google Sheets. The Specialization will also make use of freely-downloadable software packages such as Tableau.

  • Yes! We will teach you all the analytical and software tools you need to succeed not only in this class, but also as a business analyst.

  • Yes. Our goal is to give you tools to help you navigate business data analyses of all kinds, even if you have never worked with that type of data before or do not have experience with the associated type of business.

  • Yes. In fact, chances are high that you have never seen the majority of the content in this class. Applying quantitative skills to business contexts requires software, skills, and domain knowledge you are not likely to have been exposed to in graduate school.

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