Wayne State University

Computer Requirements

We strongly recommend that each student have complete access to a home computer they control and can configure as needed.  Most work computers are not suitable because they often involve Internet access restrictions, firewalls, and security precautions that interfere with learning management systems and other applications. 

The School of Information Sciences recommends the following specifications. Before starting classes, a student's computer must meet or exceed the minimum requirements found toward the bottom of the page. If you need assistance determining if your computer meets these requirements, please submit a SIS Tech Support Request.

Recommended Specifications

  • Hardware (Mac or Windows)
    • Please note that when a course requires the use of Windows only software, Mac users are required to have access to Windows OS.*

    • Processor
      • Dual or Quad core, 2GHz or higher
    • Storage
      • 160GB storage capacity
    • Memory
      • 4GB memory
    • Graphics
      • Dedicated graphics card
    • Network Connection
      • High speed internet connection (3.0 Mbps or higher)
    • Backup Device
      • USB 2.0 device (such as a flash drive)
      • CD / DVD RW
    • Audio/Video
      • Speakers / Soundcard
      • Microphone / Headset
      • Webcam
  • Software (Mac** or Windows)***
    • Please note that when a course requires the use of Windows only software, Mac users are required to have access to Windows OS.*

    • Browser (at least one)
      • Internet Explorer 8.0 or later; Firefox 7.0 or later; Safari 5.0 or later, Google Chrome 14.0 or later
    • Multimedia
    • Operating System
      • Windows – Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 
      • Mac – OS X 10.6 or later
    • Additional Software
  • Highly Recommended
    • Surge protector or uninterruptible power supply
    • Printer

 

Minimum Required Specifications

  • Hardware (Mac** or Windows)***
    • Please note that when a course requires the use of Windows only software, Mac users are required to have access to Windows OS.*

    • Processor
      • 2GHz 
    • Storage
      • 80GB storage capacity
    • Memory
      • 2GB memory
    • Graphics
      • Integrated Graphics Card
    • Network Connection
      • High speed internet connection (1.5 Mbps or higher)
    • Backup Device
      • USB 2.0 device (such as a flash drive)
      • CD / DVD RW
    • Audio/Video
      • Speakers / Soundcard
      • Microphone / Headset
      • Webcam
  • Software (Mac** or Windows)***
    • Please note that when a course requires the use of Windows only software, Mac users are required to have access to Windows OS.*

    • Browser (at least one)
      • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later; Firefox 4.0 or later; Safari 5.0 or later, Google Chrome 12.0 or later
    • Multimedia
    • Operating System
      • Windows –  Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8* / Windows 10*
      • Intel Macintosh – OS X 10.5 or later
    • Additional Software
  • Highly Recommended
    • Surge protector or uninterruptible power supply
    • Printer

* Available to enrolled students at no cost.
** When a course requires the use of Windows only software, Mac users are required to have access to Windows OS. Currently enrolled students can download and install Windows OS (8, 10) for free from Microsoft Imagine. Please refer to these instructions for help with partitioning your Mac hard drive to run Windows OS using Boot Camp.
*** Students must have full administrator rights on their computer.

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