Computer Hardware, Software, and Internet Requirements

Access to and on-going use of a computer is required for all students. Competency in the basic use of a computer is required. Course work and webinar attendance will require use of a computer and a broadband connection to the internet. Official university correspondence is often sent via e-mail and other services are provided that require access through the Internet.

Course Delivery Systems

Course content in the program is delivered using two electronic platforms:

The virtual classroom system is Zoom. This web conferencing software allows students to participate in discussions to interact with classmates and instructors online. Students can communicate via text messaging, ask questions using a headset/microphone device for audio and participate in chat messaging to facilitate discussion. To join a Canvas class meeting in Zoom, log in to Canvas, then access the “Zoom Conferences” tool and for the correct date and time. To access Zoom directly when not logged into Canvas, you can use this URL.

The learning management system (LMS) at UF is Canvas. Students can access syllabi, assignments, readings, quizzes and tests, and video content using this system. Course discussion boards are available for students to engage in scholarly discussions with classmates and instructors. Students can monitor their progress using the Assignments, Quizzes and Grade tools.

Laptop Minimum Requirements

  • Intel i3, i5, i7 processor or AMD equivalent
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 250GB Hard Drive
  • USB port(s)
  • 10/100 Ethernet Adapter and WiFi 802.11 b or g
  • Headset and Microphone
  • Access to a printer
  • Windows based laptops should be purchased with a TPM (trusted platform module) – contact the manufacturer or retailer about a TPM
  • A battery with capacity to sustain at least 3 hours of use when the power adapter is unplugged OR an optional extended battery to increase the battery life to at least 3 hours
  • A built-in webcam OR external after-market webcam

NOTICE: MacBook Pro with the Touchbar feature is NOT recommended. If you already own a MacBook Pro with Touchbar, you are required to register this device with your Academic Coordinator prior to each Exam you take on the device. Failure to register a MacBook Pro with Touchbar may result in an academic dishonesty/conduct code violation.

Operating System

Operating System Requirements
Windows 10 Pro or Education (NOT home) Professional or Education includes BitLocker software for encryption; Home does not include Bitlocker
macOS Catalina Catalina (10.15) includes Filevault software for whole disk encryption


Internet Connection

 A broadband Internet connection is strongly recommended. Slower connections should still be able to access e-Learning, but will take longer to load. A wired Ethernet connection is more dependable for test-taking than a wireless connection. Special Note about Satellite service: Some users with satellite Internet service may find their online courses do not load quickly or consistently due to satellite network design issues.

Additional Security Information (UF)

UF IT security provides information on how to protect your computer.

Technical Support

For technical support at any time, send an email to

For questions or more information, please contact our office.