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9 Coursera Business Courses, Specializations and Degrees

Whether you’re looking for a career change, starting your own business or improving your existing company, business skills — such as finance, negotiation, leadership, marketing and administration — are valuable assets in any industry. Investing your time in learning business skills can help you find fulfillment and improve your employability — these Coursera business courses, specializations and degrees can help.

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Coursera business courses 

Coursera courses include several weeks of modules that include lecture videos, quizzes, reading and other assignments. They have flexible deadlines and are 100% online. Courses can be taken on their own to earn a course certificate or as part of a specialization or degree program. Generally, Coursera courses can be audited for free, but there is a cost associated with earning the certificate.

1. Financial Markets

(Yale University)

This course is designed as an introduction to risk management practices, ideas and methods that advance enterprise. This course takes about 27 hours to complete.

2. Successful Negotiation: Essential Skills and Strategies

(University of Michigan)

This course is designed to teach students business negotiation skills to help advance their career. Successful negotiation is important to success in our everyday lives, but it especially important to business success. This course takes about 16 hours to complete.

Coursera business specializations 

A Coursera specialization program is a series of courses (anywhere from three to 10+ courses) with lectures, course materials, hands-on capstone projects and partnerships with industry leaders. With the completion of each course in a specialization, students receive a course certificate. Students also receive a certificate for completing the specialization.

1. Business Analytics

(The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

This data science specialization is designed for business professionals of all kinds. Students will develop basic data analytic skills — and learn how to apply them. This specialization includes 5 courses and takes about 6 months to complete.

2. Excel Skills for Business

(Macquarie University)

This business essentials specialization is designed to teach students how to use Excel to design advanced spreadsheets and manage large data sets— extracting, analyzing, and presenting data efficiently and effectively. This specialization includes 4 courses and takes about 7 months to complete.

3. Business Foundations

(University of Pennslyvania)

This business specialization is designed to develop core business skills in marketing, finance, accounting, and operations — and then apply those skills. This specialization includes 6 courses and takes about 7 months to complete.

4. Excel to MySQL: Analytic Techniques for Business

(Duke University)

This specialization is designed to teach students how to reframe business challenges as data questions. Students will learn a variety of business skills, including Data Visualization (DataViz), Visualization (Computer Graphics), and Tableau Software. This specialization includes 5 courses and takes about seven months to complete.

5. Digital Marketing

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

This specialization is designed to teach students the foundations of digital marketing. This specialization includes 7 courses and takes about 8 months to complete.

6. Foundations of Positive Psychology 

(University of Pennslyvania)

This specialization is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of positive psychology research and theories, as well as their application. This specialization includes 5 courses and takes about 5 months to complete.

Coursera business degrees

Through Coursera degree programs, you can earn a variety of master’s and bachelor’s degrees from top universities, and it’s completely online. Coursera degree programs are affordable and flexible.

1. Master of Business Administration

(University of Illinois)

This online business degree program is designed to provide students with a high-quality MBA degree completely online. This online degree program includes 18 courses, plus 3 capstone projects, and takes 24-36 months to complete. 

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