The Data Analysis and Interpretation Specialization takes you from data novice to data expert in just four project-based courses. You will apply basic data science tools, including data management and visualization, modeling, and machine learning using your choice of either SAS or Python, including pandas and Scikit-learn. Throughout the Specialization, you will analyze a research question of your choice and summarize your insights. In the Capstone Project, you will use real data to address an important issue in society, and report your findings in a professional-quality report. You will have the opportunity to work with our industry partners, DRIVENDATA and The Connection. Help DRIVENDATA solve some of the world's biggest social challenges by joining one of their competitions, or help The Connection better understand recidivism risk for people on parole in substance use treatment. Regular feedback from peers will provide you a chance to reshape your question. This Specialization is designed to help you whether you are considering a career in data, work in a context where supervisors are looking to you for data insights, or you just have some burning questions you want to explore. No prior experience is required. By the end you will have mastered statistical methods to conduct original research to inform complex decisions.
What is the refund policy?
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?
Can I take the course for free?
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.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
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.
Can I take the Specialization for free?
No, Specializations are a premium product, and learners must pay or apply for financial aid to join them. You can access individual course content for free by searching for the course title in the catalog and choosing the This Course Only option when enrolling. You will not earn a Certificate in the free version of the course, or be able to access the Capstone Project.
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.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
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.