School of Computing and Information

Technology Requirements

The online learning experience will require that you have a computer with a high-speed internet connection (cable, fiber-optic network such as FIOS). DSL performance levels would be the minimum satisfactory configuration.  You will need to have a modern Intel Processor-based computer with a modern browser, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Microsoft Office Suite (Version 2007 or later). For more details on the appropriate Web browser, please visit the Technical Support page.

We require that your browser must have the following plug-ins installed:

  • JAVA
  • Microsoft Silverlight (Version 4.0 or higher)
  • Adobe Flash (Version 10 or higher)
  • Flip 4 Mac (for Macintosh models).

Some interactions with faculty and peers might require the use of a Web camera, microphone, or headset with microphone.

As a student, you may be eligible to take advantage of University discounts on computing purchases. Through its software licensing organization, the University of Pittsburgh provides zero-cost Microsoft products. You can get information about software for students at the Information Technology page. This page provides information about other software products that the University will provide at reduced cost to students.

You must have anti-virus software which conforms to the University’s standards. If you do not have appropriate anti-virus software, please read the guidelines posted at the Security Resources page.

Some courses may require more advanced technology tools including secure shell (SSH), secure FTP, and HTML composition utilities – many of which are available for free on the Internet.