Introduction to Finance and Accounting Specialization
Learn the basics of finance and accounting. Build a foundation of core business skills in finance and accounting
About this Specialization
Applied Learning Project
This specialization uses a series of homework, quizzes and an optional Excel spreadsheet to help learners gain a more comprehensive understanding of essential concepts of corporate finance and accounting. The coursework introduces bookkeeping fundamentals, accrual accounting, cash flow analysis, and more! From valuing claims and making financing decisions, to elements of a basic financial model, the coursework provides a solid foundation to corporate finance.
basic high school-level of mathematics
basic high school-level of mathematics
University of Pennsylvania
The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.
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Can I take the course for free?
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Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Time to completion will vary based on your schedule, but we anticipate most learners being able to finish the material in 6 months.
What background knowledge is necessary?
A basic high school-level of mathematics will be helpful in this Specialization.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Although you can take the courses in this Specialization in any order, we do recommend that you follow the suggested sequence of courses (Fundamentals of Finance, Introduction to Corporate Finance, Introduction to Financial Accounting, More Introduction to Financial Accounting)
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
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.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
Upon completion of the Specialization, you'll have gained fundamental knowledge of finance and accounting, and be able to apply that knowledge to a wide variety of real-world situations, either as a student in finance/accounting in an MBA degree, or applying this knowledge in the field of corporate decision-making
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