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Recommended Computer Specifications

A reliable computer, up-to-date software, and an Internet connection are the critical components required to ensure the successful completion of your coursework.

Capella University's technical support staff strongly recommends a broadband (Cable or DSL) Internet connection. Other high-speed and broadband connections will work but will not provide the best performance of tools and resources used by Capella, such as a Satellite connection or a shared/community internet connection. 

Capella recommends that your computer setup meets the following requirements:

Internet Connection

  • Broadband (cable or DSL)
  • 512 kbps download speed or higher

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or higher (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (current release)
  • Adobe Flash (current release)
  • Oracle Java 8 (current release)

Mac Software Requirements

  • Mac OS 10.11 - El Capitan
  • Mac OS 10.12 - Sierra
  • Mac OS 10.13 - High Sierra
  • Safari 11
  • Firefox (current release)
  • Chrome (current release)

Windows Software Requirements

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Firefox (current release)
  • Chrome (current release)

Courses may have additional software or hardware requirements including webcam and/or headset for online meetings and presentations.  Courses in programs that require these tools will note the requirement(s) in both the courseroom and bookstore.

Software Discounts

We are pleased to offer all Capella students discounted for select Microsoft and Adobe software applications. View the products available through our partner,