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Technology Requirements

At MCPHS, technology is meant to assist you in your academic journey, not hinder your success. To provide you with the most robust learning environment, we have identified a guideline for ensuring you have the best experience. Before the start of classes, please be sure to check our technology requirements below and ensure that your computer or laptop meets our minimum requirements. We also strongly encourage you to have access to a webcam and microphone as some interactive online coursework may require it. Additional software may be required by your course instructors and will vary by semester, so please be sure to consult your course syllabus at the start of each term.

PC

Specification Minimum Recommended

Processor

Intel or AMD quad-core processor

Intel or AMD Core i5 processor

Operating System

Windows® 7

Windows® 8 or 10

RAM

4 GB

8 GB or higher

Browser

Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
Firefox 39

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11
Firefox Final Release

Internet Connection

Broadband (cable or DSL)
Wireless 802.11n card

Broadband (cable)
Wireless 802.11n/a/g compatible card

Hardware

20 GB of hard disk space

30 GB+ of hard disk space

Software

MS Office 2010
Anti-virus software

MS Office 2013 or 2016
Anti-virus software

Plug-ins
(free downloads)

Windows Media Player 11
Adobe Acrobat Reader 11
Flash Player 18
Java SE 7 Update 6
VLC 2.2

Windows Media Player 12
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Flash Player 22
Java SE 8 Update 102
VLC 2.2.4

Peripherals

Speakers
Sound card

Speakers
Sound card
Headset/microphone/webcam

Macintosh

Specification Minimum Recommended

Processor

Intel 2 GHz or higher

Intel 3 GHz or higher

Operating System

OS X (10.7)

OS X (10.9)

RAM

4 GB

8 GB or higher

Browser

Firefox 3.0
Safari 5

Firefox Final Release
Safari 7

Internet Connection

Broadband (cable or DSL)
Wireless 802.11n card

Broadband (cable)
Wireless 802.11n/a/g compatible card

Hardware

20 GB of hard disk space

30 GB+ of hard disk space

Software

MS Office 2011 or higher
Anti-virus software

MS Office 2016 for Mac
Sophos or ClamXav

Plug-ins
(free downloads)

Adobe Acrobat Reader 11
Flash Player 18
Java SE 8 Update 91

VLC 2.2

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
Flash Player 22
Java SE 8 Update 102

VLC 2.2.4

Peripherals

Speakers
Sound card

Speakers
Sound card
Headset/microphone/webcam