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Business Analytics Specialization

Make Data-Driven Business Decisions

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  • Specialization via Coursera and University of Pennsylvania
  • $595 for 5-6 months
  • 3 courses + capstone project
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Business Analytics
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Achieve fluency in business data strategies in four discipline-specific courses.
Credential Type
5-6 months

This Specialization provides an introduction to big data analytics for all business professionals, including those with no prior analytics experience. You’ll learn how data analysts describe, predict, and inform business decisions in the specific areas of marketing, human resources, finance, and operations, and you’ll develop basic data literacy and an analytic mindset that will help you make strategic decisions based on data. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills to interpret a real-world data set and make appropriate business strategy recommendations.

Incentives & Benefits

The knowledge gained in this Specialization will prepare you to create new business strategies using data, participate in conversations about analytics, transition to a new career, or improve your own business. You will also have a strong foundation for further study related to analytics and big data.

What You'll Learn

  • Recognize the role of analytics in describing, predicting, and informing business decisions
  • Understand how big data and analytics are used in marketing, human resources, operations, and finance
  • Make strategic business recommendations based on real-world data

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    ★★★★☆ (5) 4 weeks 21st Oct, 2019
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