About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 9 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Portuguese (Brazilian)

What you will learn

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    Create your own quantitative models

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    Harness the power of spreadsheets to map and predict data

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    Structure your decision-making for optimum results

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    Understand the measurement and management of risk

Skills you will gain

Financial ModelingMicrosoft ExcelSimulationLinear Programming (LP)

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 9 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Russian, Portuguese (Brazilian)

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.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Fundamentals of Quantitative Modeling

4.6
4,318 ratings
826 reviews
Course2

Introduction to Spreadsheets and Models

4.2
2,310 ratings
383 reviews
Course3

Modeling Risk and Realities

4.6
1,557 ratings
208 reviews
Course4

Decision-Making and Scenarios

4.6
1,197 ratings
154 reviews

Instructors

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Richard Waterman

Professor of Statistics
Statistics-Wharton School
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Robert W. Holthausen

Professor
Accounting
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Don Huesman

Managing Director, Wharton Online
Innovation Group- Wharton School
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Senthil Veeraraghavan

Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions
The Wharton School
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Richard Lambert

Professor of Accounting
Accounting- Wharton School
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Sergei Savin

Associate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions
The Wharton School

About 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. ...

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 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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