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How long does it take to complete the Data Analysis and Interpretation Specialization?
Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 6-7 months.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
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. The Capstone Project will be offered four times per year on a recurring schedule.
We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Data Analysis and Interpretation 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 Data Analysis and Interpretation Specialization?
You will be able to access and manage data using either the Python or SAS programming language, explore patterns and associations among variables, and use machine learning methods to develop predictive algorithms. Additionally, you will have a portfolio of hands-on project work that demonstrates your ability to apply all of these methods to real-world situations.
What software will I need to complete the assignments?
You may choose to use either Python or SAS to complete the assignments. Both of these software packages are being made freely available.
What background knowledge is necessary?
This Specialization is appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about data analysis, including those new to the field. Some knowledge of basic programming and familiarity with linear algebra concepts may be helpful, but no specific background is required.