About this Specialization
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100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Tamil

Skills you will gain

Financial MismanagementFinancial ManagementRisk ManagementInvestmentFinancial Aid Management

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Tamil

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 7 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Financial Accounting: Foundations

4.7
1,476 ratings
306 reviews
Course2

Financial Accounting: Advanced Topics

4.7
803 ratings
111 reviews
Course3

Investments I: Fundamentals of Performance Evaluation

4.8
486 ratings
108 reviews
Course4

Investments II: Lessons and Applications for Investors

4.8
406 ratings
77 reviews

Instructors

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Oktay Urcan

Associate Professor of Accountancy
Department of Accountancy, College of Business
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Scott Weisbenner

William G. Karnes Professor of Finance
Department of Finance, College of Business
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Heitor Almeida

Professor of Finance, Stanley C. and Joan J. Golder Chair in Corporate Finance
Department of Finance, College of Business

Start working towards your Master's degree

This specialization is part of the 100% online Master of Business Administration (iMBA) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world leader in research, teaching and public engagement, distinguished by the breadth of its programs, broad academic excellence, and internationally renowned faculty and alumni. Illinois serves the world by creating knowledge, preparing students for lives of impact, and finding solutions to critical societal needs. ...

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.

  • Time to completion can vary widely based on your schedule, most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 3-6 months.

  • Background and knowledge in statistical concepts is strongly recommended.

  • 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.

  • · You will have a solid foundation in developing an integrated framework for strategic financial decision making.

    · You will have a thorough understanding of financial statements and the financial information they provide and develop the ability to critically evaluate and analyze cash flows statement.

    · You will learn about the management and evaluation of portfolios and firm valuation techniques.

    · Finally, you will learn how to incorporate risk and uncertainty into investment decisions and understand how companies make financing and investment decisions.

  • iMBA courses in Coursera do not carry University of Illinois credit on their own. Each course has an enhanced for-credit component. You can earn academic credit if you combine an iMBA Coursera course with the enhanced for-credit component offered on the University of Illinois platform. Some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • It is recommended that the courses in the Specialization be taken in the order outlined. Some courses do list other courses as prerequisites. In the Capstone Project, you will have the opportunity to synthesize your learning in all six courses and apply your combined skills in a final project.

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