About this Specialization

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This Specialization is for learners wishing to dramatically change the way that they use Excel spreadsheets by unleashing the power to automate and optimize spreadsheets using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The first two courses will teach learners the basics of VBA through the use of dozens of educational screencasts and a series of quizzes and in-application programming assignments. Finally, in Part 3 of the course, learners will complete 3 "real world" and somewhat open ended projects, which are graded through peer review.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Started a new career after completing this specialization.
25%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
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100% online courses
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Flexible Schedule
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Beginner Level
Approx. 4 months to complete
Suggested 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English
Learner Career Outcomes
44%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
25%
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 4 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English

There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Excel/VBA for Creative Problem Solving, Part 1

4.8
stars
2,279 ratings
637 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Excel/VBA for Creative Problem Solving, Part 2

4.9
stars
789 ratings
196 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Excel/VBA for Creative Problem Solving, Part 3 (Projects)

4.9
stars
253 ratings
81 reviews

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  • 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.

  • Part 1 takes 5 weeks, Part 2 takes 4 weeks, and Part 3 takes 3-4 weeks. However, many learners who can devote more time to the coursework have completed the courses at an accelerated pace.

  • The course is designed for those without a programming background. It will greatly help if you have a knowledge of basic algebra and at least a foundational/introductory knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

  • Yes, it is strongly recommended that learners take the three courses in sequential order.

  • At this time the University of Colorado Boulder does not offer a for-credit version of the Excel/VBA for Creative Problem Solving Specialization.

  • After completing this Specialization, you will be competent and confident in using VBA to manipulate data in Excel spreadsheets, implement user forms to professionally interact with users, and have a strong foundation in programming skills.

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