About this Specialization

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Wharton's Business and Financial Modeling Specialization is designed to help you make informed business and financial decisions. These foundational courses will introduce you to spreadsheet models, modeling techniques, and common applications for investment analysis, company valuation, forecasting, and more. When you complete the Specialization, you'll be ready to use your own data to describe realities, build scenarios, and predict performance.
Learner Career Outcomes
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Started a new career after completing this specialization.
22%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

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English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Learner Career Outcomes
44%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
22%
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. 6 months to complete

Suggested 2 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Portuguese (Brazilian)

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling

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stars
5,628 ratings
1,112 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models

4.2
stars
2,859 ratings
511 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Modeling Risk and Realities

4.6
stars
1,810 ratings
256 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Decision-Making and Scenarios

4.6
stars
1,406 ratings
192 reviews

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  • 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.

  • Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.

  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • 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 will vary based on your schedule, but we anticipate most learners being able to finish the material in 6 months.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered at least once every month, although they may be offered more frequently.

  • No specific background is required—this Specialization is ideal for employees, entrepreneurs, managers, consultants, or anyone aiming to hone their spreadsheet and modeling skills. Knowledge of high-school level math (through pre-calculus) is suggested.

  • Although you can take the courses in this Specialization in any order, we do recommend that you follow the suggested sequence of courses (Introduction to Spreadsheets, Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling, Modeling Risk and Realities, Decision Making and Scenarios), especially if you are new to the study of spreadsheets and modeling.

  • 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.

  • In this Specialization, you’ll learn both how spreadsheets work and how they may be used to build scenarios, predict performance, and inform decision-making. At the end of Wharton’s Business and Financial Modeling Specialization, you’ll be able to use spreadsheets to create basic business models that optimize and predict outcomes, so that you can make decisions for your business based on data. You can use this knowledge to transition to a new career, improve your own business, or apply to business school to continue your education.

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