Business and Financial Modeling Specialization
Build Business and Financial Models. Use spreadsheet models to make data-driven financial decisions
About this Specialization
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
Senthil VeeraraghavanAssociate Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions
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.
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
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.
Is financial aid available?
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Can I take the course for free?
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.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
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.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Time to completion will vary based on your schedule, but we anticipate most learners being able to finish the material in 6 months.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
Each course in the Specialization is offered at least once every month, although they may be offered more frequently.
What background knowledge is necessary?
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.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
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.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
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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