About this Specialization

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In order to effectively manage and operate a business, managers and leaders need to understand the market characteristics and economic environment they operate in. In this Specialization, you will build a solid understanding of the operation of markets and the macro-economic environment with real-world examples. You will be able to identify firm and country-level economic factors that impact business decisions, develop an analytical framework using statistical tools, and apply economic theory and data in the analysis of business environment and trends to make effective business decisions. The capstone project involves an in-depth analysis of an actual business situation in which you will examine the global economic environment of a business. The final project will be a business plan that uses statistical tools and economic theory to create a comprehensive analysis of the microeconomic and macroeconomic environment in which the focal company operates. This Specialization is part of the University of Illinois Masters of Business Administration degree program, the iMBA. Learn more about the admission into the program here and how your Coursera work can be leveraged if accepted into the program. You can also start with for-credit courses within the Illinois iMBA degree program.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
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100% online courses
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Beginner Level
Approx. 7 months to complete
Suggested 5 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Korean, Arabic
Learner Career Outcomes
67%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
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. 7 months to complete
Suggested 5 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, Korean, Arabic

There are 7 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Firm Level Economics: Consumer and Producer Behavior

4.8
stars
1,332 ratings
333 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Firm Level Economics: Markets and Allocations

4.9
stars
719 ratings
136 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Country Level Economics: Macroeconomic Variables and Markets

4.3
stars
573 ratings
110 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Country Level Economics: Policies, Institutions, and Macroeconomic Performance

4.5
stars
515 ratings
81 reviews

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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.

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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.

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

  • Some familiarity with economic reasoning and concepts is recommended.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • • You will have a solid understanding of microeconomic theory and its use in the analysis of resource allocation and contemporary business problems.

    • You will understand the operation of markets and how markets arrive at equilibrium outcomes.

    • You will be able to assess the macroeconomic environment in which a business operates.

    • You will know the “language” of uncertainty and the statistical methods for making inferences and decisions on the basis of limited information/data.

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