2014-2015 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2014) 
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2014-2015 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Technology Requirements: General

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To help ensure success, students should be proficient using e-mail, the Internet, and common desktop productivity software.

Recommended Setup

  • Internet access required (Broadband is recommended as students with dial-up may experience degraded performance)
  • Windows Vista/7 or Mac OS X with virtualization software (like Parallels with Windows OS)
  • 2GB of RAM minimum
  • 40GB hard drive
  • DVD drive, speakers, and headphone connected to the computer
  • Inkjet or laser printer
  • Portable media (thumb drive)

Software Requirements

  • Recommended Web browser—current version of Chrome
  • Other Web browsers (Internet Explorer ver. 9.0 or higher or Firefox’s current and next most recent releases).
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Reader ver. 10.1 or higher
  • Adobe Flash Player ver. 11.7 or higher
  • Apple QuickTime ver. 7.7 or higher
  • Windows Media Player ver. 11 or higher
  • Antivirus software (e.g., McAfee or Norton) installed, running, and kept current by promptly installing the upgrades and patches made available by the software manufacturer

Tablet/Laptop Recommendation

Students enrolled in programs that require participation in academic residencies are encouraged to use a laptop or tablet computer for their work.

Additional Technology Requirements

Some programs may require additional technology requirements that are not mentioned above. Please refer to the program within the Walden University Catalog to review any special technology requirements for the program of study. In addition, please refer to the section titled Student Technology Responsibilities under Technology Policies.

Students attending virtual residencies will have additional requirements. In addition to the current technical requirements for Walden’s online courses, the virtual residency requires you to have the following:

  • Webcam (minimum resolution at 640x480 standard definition)

  • Broadband Internet at 1.5 Mbps or higher (required due to streaming media needs)

  • Video card with 64MB VRAM and pixel shaders or 4 texture units

  • Screen resolution of 1024x768 or higher

  • 2GHz Dual-core CPU or higher


During the course of the program, requirements (either hardware or software) may change from the original technology recommendation. Make sure to consult the software/hardware requirements within the program or with the faculty member or program director for any technology recommendations that may have changed since the original recommendation mentioned above or within the program of study.