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. 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 are required to have use of a computer system with the following specifications and components:

  • 2 GHz or faster processor
  • 4GB or more RAM
  • 80GB or larger hard drive
  • Cable/DSL or better connection
  • 1024x768 or greater resolution monitor and supporting video card
  • Sound card with speakers
  • Inkjet or laser printer
  • Microphone
  • A web camera capable of video web conferencing, and web editing software
  • A DVD/CD-ROM drive may be needed to install software

Students should review manufacturers’ system requirements for any additional software or devices they plan to use.

Software and applications

You are required to have use of the following software:

  • Operating system:
    • Microsoft® Windows® 7 or later OR
    • Mac OS® 10.4 or later, with a Microsoft Windows partition required for some courses.
  • Microsoft Office® 2010 or later for a personal computer (PC), Microsoft Office 2011 for a Mac® computer.
  • Microsoft Access® (for selected courses)
  • Microsoft Project® (for selected courses)
  • One of the following Internet browsers:
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer® 8.0 or later
    • Mozilla® Firefox® 3.5 or later
    • Google Chrome™ 7.0 or later
    • Apple® Safari® 5.0 or later
  • Adobe® Reader® 9.0 or later
  • Adobe Flash® plug-in 10.0 or later
  • Browser plug-in installation as required
  • Local administrative privileges (for required operating system software installation)
  • Antivirus application (updated regularly)
  • Email account
  • Broadband Internet access

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. Windows Vista® includes built-in accessibility settings and programs that make it easier for computer users to see, hear and use their computers. Visit the Microsoft or Apple website for information beyond the documents provided here.

Additional software requirements

University of Phoenix offers access to the following software through the student website for specific courses:

  • Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET
  • Microsoft Visio®
  • Microsoft SQL Server®
  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®
  • Adobe® Flash® Professional
  • Adobe Dreamweaver®
  • Adobe Photoshop®
  • Adobe Acrobat® Standard
  • LabSim® from TestOut® (Lab support for A+, Network+, Security+ and Linux+ courses)
  • Oracle® Database XE
  • Autodesk® 3ds Max®

You will need access to the following Microsoft Windows®-based free applications for specific courses:

  • Alice software
  • Citrix Online® plug-in (latest version)
  • Java® Runtime Environment, Java Development Kit
  • Visual Logic®

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 on the student website.

Students must have access to a Mac® computer to complete iOS®-based mobile coursework or the latest Windows operating system to complete Windows-based mobile coursework. These courses are options in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)/Mobile Development concentration and the Advanced Mobile Development Certificate, and as individual courses as electives.

The School of Advanced Studies requires doctoral students 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.