Computer requirements

Staying current with productivity technology is an important part of your education. This agreement will help you prepare for your degree program. You need access to and use of the hardware and software listed below. You must also have the technology skills outlined in the Academic Catalog. Run BrowserHawk to see if your system aligns with the University of Phoenix's technology requirements. If you feel at all unprepared, the Skillsoft® tutorials, which cover a wide variety of business and technology topics, can be accessed via the University Library on the student website.

Hardware and peripherals

You need access to a computer with the following:

  • A processor of 2 GHz or faster
  • 4 GB RAM or greater
  • A high speed internet connection with a connection speed of 1.5 MB/s or better.
    • The use of satellite and cellular connections may result in slowness or errors (timeouts, access problems) when accessing the classroom and course materials.

    • The use of public access computers and internet (for example, at restaurants and public institutions such as libraries) may result in slowness or errors (timeouts or access problems) when accessing the classroom and course materials. Public access computers may not permit any access to certain course materials or systems due to security limitations.

  • Monitor and video card with 1024x768 or greater resolution
  • Speakers/Headphones and Microphone
    • Public access computers may not permit usage of speakers, headphones or microphones.

  • A web camera capable of video web conferencing
    • Public access computers may not permit usage of web cameras.

A DVD/CD-ROM drive may be needed to install software in select courses.

Software and applications

You need access to and familiarity with the following items:

Operating System

  Minimum Recommended
Microsoft® Windows Windows 7 Windows 8 or higher
Apple® MacOSx MacOSx 10.9 MacOSx 10.10 or higher

Some courses may utilize software that requires a Windows computer or a Mac with a Windows partition.

Web browser:

Browser Minimum Recommended
Internet Explorer 10 or higher 11 or higher
Google Chrome 35 or higher 39 or higher
Mozilla Firefox 31 or higher 34 or higher or 31 ESR
Mac OSx
Browser Minimum Recommended
Apple Safari 7 or higher 8 or higher
Google Chrome 35 or higher 39 or higher
Mozilla Firefox 31 or higher 34 or higher or 31 ESR

Please note that newer browser versions incorporate security fixes and newer technologies, which may often lead to a better user experience. Current browser versions are recommended when the option is available.


Additional Software

  • Microsoft® Office 2010 or later for a personal computer (PC), Microsoft® Office 2011 for a Mac.
  • An up to date installation of Adobe® Reader
  • An up to date installation of the Adobe® Flash plug-in
  • An up to date installation of Java® may be required for some courses
  • A system enabled to allow installation of browser plug-ins as required
  • Local administrative privileges to operating system may be required
  • A current antivirus application (updated regularly)

Some courses may require the purchase of additional software including:

  • Microsoft® Visio
  • Microsoft® Project

Mobile Devices

Students are required to have access to a PC or Mac but may use a mobile device such as a phone or tablet as a secondary means of access with the University of Phoenix mobile app.

Access to website functionality and required course materials may be limited on mobile devices.

Computer accessibility

The Disability Services Office recommends the following opportunities for computer accessibility in order to ensure that your computer's operating system is up-to-date with the most recent accessibility technology.

All students need access to a computer for success in their coursework. The operating systems on most computers already have some features that include these accessibility technologies:

  • Changing font size
  • Changing size of desktop icons
  • Magnification of portions of your screen
  • Converting text to speech
  • Altering background color
  • Captioning for audio
  • Speech recognition

Accessibility for operating systems

Both Microsoft and Apple provide additional accessibility guides, tutorials, and tips for use on your computer. Visit the Microsoft or Apple website for information beyond the documents provided here.

College Specific Requirements

The College of Information Systems and Technology

The College of Information Systems and Technology may require access to additional software. Software currently provided by the University on the student website is subject to change and may require students to purchase or obtain access to the software. Please look for updated software requirements in your course.

Students must have access to a Mac computer to complete iOS mobile coursework or the latest Windows operating system to complete Windows mobile coursework. These courses are options in the BSIT/Mobile Development concentration and the Advanced Mobile Development Certificate and as individual courses as electives.

School of Advanced Studies

The School of Advanced Studies requires doctoral learners to bring a laptop computer to residencies.

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The technology skills and the hardware and software requirements may be updated at any time because of the rapid rate of change in information technology.

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