About this Specialization

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Identify interesting questions, analyze data sets, and correctly interpret results to make solid, evidence-based decisions. This Specialization covers research methods, design and statistical analysis for social science research questions. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply the skills you learned by developing your own research question, gathering data, and analyzing and reporting on the results using statistical methods.
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14%
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Beginner Level

Approx. 10 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified), Arabic, German
Learner Career Outcomes
62%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
14%
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. 10 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified), Arabic, German

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Quantitative Methods

4.7
stars
1,293 ratings
443 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Qualitative Research Methods

4.5
stars
710 ratings
235 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Basic Statistics

4.7
stars
2,743 ratings
706 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Inferential Statistics

4.3
stars
366 ratings
100 reviews

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  • 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 10 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on demand, and may be taken at any time.

  • A basic understanding of scientific principles and research methods may be helpful, but is not required. Only very basic math skills are required, you should be able to perform: addition, subtraction, multiplication, calculation of square, square root, exponents and logarithms.

  • 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.

  • At the end of this Specialization, you will be performing your own statistical analyses using the programming language R, with no prior knowledge of programming. Learners who complete the Research Methods and Statistics for Social Science Specialization will learn more about scientific rigor and integrity. You’ll have the methods, statistics and research skills required to complete a typical Masters program in the Social Sciences or the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization, and also be ready for more advanced courses on big data or multivariate statistics.

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