Business Foundations Specialization
Solve Real Business Problems. Build a foundation of core business skills in marketing, finance, accounting and operations.
About this Specialization
No prior experience required.
No prior experience required.
Barbara E. KahnProfessor of Marketing and Director, Jay H. Baker Retailing Center
Peter FaderProfessor of Marketing and Co-Director of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative
Michael UseemProfessor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management
Michael R RobertsWilliam H. Lawrence Professor of Finance, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
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 take the course for free?
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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.
How long does it take to complete the Business Foundations 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 every two months.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No specific background is required—this Specialization is ideal for entrepreneurs, small business owners, managers, consultants, or anyone aiming to hone their core business skills. Knowledge of high-school level math (through pre-calculus) is suggested.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
No, you can take the courses in this Specialization in any order.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Business Foundations 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 Business Foundations Specialization?
In this Specialization, you’ll develop basic literacy in the language of business, which you can use to transition to a new career, start or improve your own small business, or apply to business school to continue your education.
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