About this Specialization
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Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

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Skills you will gain

Binary ClassificationData AnalysisTableau SoftwareSQL

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 5 hours/week

English

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

How the Specialization Works

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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

Business Metrics for Data-Driven Companies

4.6
5,349 ratings
1,066 reviews
Course2

Mastering Data Analysis in Excel

4.2
2,933 ratings
652 reviews
Course3

Data Visualization and Communication with Tableau

4.7
1,990 ratings
421 reviews
Course4

Managing Big Data with MySQL

4.7
2,447 ratings
547 reviews

Instructors

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Daniel Egger

Executive in Residence and Director, Center for Quantitative Modeling
Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
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Jana Schaich Borg

Assistant Research Professor
Social Science Research Institute

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About Duke University

Duke University has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students and a world-class faculty helping to expand the frontiers of knowledge. The university has a strong commitment to applying knowledge in service to society, both near its North Carolina campus and around 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 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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