Technology Requirements

Access to a computer with the following requirements is needed for all COE graduate programs and strongly recommended for undergraduate education students. Whether evaluating your current computer, or, considering purchasing a new computer, please make sure they meet these minimum requirements to ensure you will be able to run the software required by the programs for your studies.

Windows-based computers:

  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 with the latest Service Pack and patches installed
  • Windows Firewall must be turned “on”

Based upon the Microsoft hardware requirements for Windows 7 or 8, we recommend a minimum of

  • 2.8 GHz dual core or better processor
  • 4 GB or more memory (8GB if running 64 bit software)
  • 100GB Hard Disk or larger
  • 10/100 mbps Ethernet Network Card

For students purchasing new computers with Windows 10, we do not anticipate issues with required instructional applications at COE.

Apple Macintosh computers:

  • Mac OS X installed (10.8 or higher)

Based upon the Apple hardware requirements for Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), one of the following is required:

  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)

We also recommend for any Mac:

  • 2.5GHz quad-core Intel processor
  • 4 GB or more memory (RAM)
  • 100GB Hard Disk or larger

All computers require:

  • 802.11 b/g/n wireless card (unless connected to internet via Ethernet cable)
  • Updated Virus Protection
  • Connector that allows HDMI output
  • Display capable of a resolution of 1366×768
  • Webcam ( this can be external)
  • Noise canceling headphones with audio in(speaker) and audio out (microphone) features
  • IE9 or later for Windows or current versions of Safari, Firefox or Chrome

Software Requirement:

Microsoft Office Professional (as opposed to the student version) products: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Mary Baldwin University does not provide authorized software for its students at this time. However, educational discounts may be available through

  • Log in on the journeyed website and look for the Mary Baldwin code that will pop up to get your discount. Be sure when you are logging in you use your Mary Baldwin email address.

Recommended accessories:

  • USB disk drive
  • 10′ to 15′ Cat-5 Ethernet cable, depending on how you will connect to the internet at home
  • Surge protector
  • Personal laser or inkjet printer and supplies
  • Personal scanner
  • Spare battery or external battery pack

Purchasing a new laptop?

  • Once you receive it, please open your computer, set up your mbc email account, and test wi-fi connections before Orientation day.
  • Consider need for extended battery life