To assist students with adequate preparation for their coursework at University of Phoenix, technology recommendations and competencies have been established. Students will need to access and use the hardware and software as described below.
Additional recommendations and competencies may be required for courses or programs. Students using software and hardware other than that recommended must still meet the technology competencies. Please note: due to the rapid rate of change in information technology, hardware and software competencies will be updated on a regular basis. Some courses in the College of Business and Information Technology may require additional software.
You will need a computer with Microsoft® Windows or Apple® Mac OS and familiarity with the following items:
Microsoft® Windows may be required for some technology courses.
MAC OS Recommended
The University of Phoenix only supports the browsers listed above. Please note that newer browser versions incorporate security fixes and newer technologies, which may often lead to a better user experience.
Current browser versions are highly recommended when the option is available.
Microsoft Office is required; Microsoft Office 365 is provided free of charge to all active students.
Some courses may require the following software provided by the University through the Classroom. This software requires Microsoft Windows
You need access to a computer with the following:
‣ Public access computers may not permit usage of web cameras.
A DVD/CD-ROM drive may be needed to install software in select courses.
Students are required to have reliable access to a PC or Mac but may use a mobile device such as a phone or tablet as a secondary means of access.
Access to website functionality and required course materials may be limited on mobile devices.
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:
Microsoft, Apple, and Google provide additional accessibility guides, tutorials, and tips for use on your computer. Visit the Microsoft, Apple, or Google website for information beyond the documents provided here. Students may contact the Disability Services Office for questions about accommodations or visit the University's page on accessibility.
The College of Business and Information 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 in your course. Students must have access to a Mac computer to complete iOS mobile coursework or the latest Windows operating system to complete Windows mobile coursework.
The College of Education may require access to additional software and hardware for the purpose of meeting individual state mandates. You may be required to submit video clips during your program to meet assignment requirements, during the student teaching or practicum experience (if applicable) to meet assessment requirements, and near the end of your program to meet licensure requirements. You may be required to purchase or obtain access to relevant software and hardware. Please look for updated software/hardware requirements in your courses.
A minimum Internet upload speed of 2Mbps is recommended to help facilitate the video uploads.
The College of Doctoral Studies requires that students bring a laptop computer that meets the above technology requirements to any/all physical residencies or classes.