Technology Requirements

Learn more about the basic technology requirements to pursue your goal at Purdue Global. Accessing your online education is simple with technical support available 24/7.

Hardware Requirements for All Students

To enroll and participate in classes online, students must use a desktop computer or laptop (PC or Mac) with at least:

  • CPU processor to support the Operating System (OS) and applications
  • 8 GB of random-access memory (RAM)
  • 120 GB of free hard-drive space (additional space may be needed for course-related files)
  • Internal or external webcam with integrated microphone
  • Audio output device to play sound
  • Headset or earbuds with microphone (recommended)

Because online learning tools at Purdue Global are mobile responsive, students may use mobile devices such as tablets (e.g., iPad), mobile phones, and notebook computers (e.g., Chromebooks) to perform some academic activities and thereby supplement the use of a desktop computer or laptop. However, a desktop computer or laptop must remain your primary device for studies at Purdue Global.

Please note that to install and use mobile apps for your studies at Purdue Global, your mobile device must meet the apps’ hardware, storage, and data requirements. Data rates may apply; check with your mobile service provider.

Internet Access

Students should have a high-speed internet connection with a minimum bandwidth of 8 Mbps upload/download speed.

See Notes and Conditions below for imporant information.

Additional Technology Requirements for Courses

Along with the Technology Requirements listed on this page, all students should review and be aware of any additional software and hardware requirements for their classes prior to enrollment.

Software Requirements for All Students

Please see the below software requirements for online classes:

Desktop Support

Operating System

System Recommended Minimum
Microsoft Windows 10 (version (21H2) Windows 8.1
Apple macOS 11 (Big Sur) macOS 10.14 (Mojave)

Microsoft discontinued extended support of Windows 8.1 on January 10, 2023.

Note: Enrolled students at Purdue Global can download Windows 10 Education from the OnTheHub software store found on the Student Store and Discounts page in Purdue Global Campus.

Release candidate versions are not supported. Local administrative privileges to the operating system may be required.

Web Browser

Browser Recommended Minimum
Google Chrome Latest Latest
Mozilla Firefox Latest Latest
Apple Safari Latest 13
Microsoft Edge (Chromium-based) Latest 85 (released August 2020)

Tablet and Mobile Support

Device Operating System Browser Supported Browser Version(s)
Android™ Android 8.1+ Chrome Latest
Apple (OS) iOS® Version 12.5.4 Safari, Chrome The latest minor or point release of the most recent two major versions of iOS. Examples: iOS 10.3.2 is supported but not 10.2.1. iOS 9.3.5 is also supported but not 9.0.2.
Windows Windows 10 Chrome, Firefox, Edge Latest of all browsers, except for Microsoft Internet Explorer (not supported) and Firefox ESR

Google Account

All enrolled students are provisioned their own Google account that includes access to Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Meet, and Calendar. The Gmail account is used for all email, chat, and web meetings among students and instructors. Students may use the other tools found in the Google account to support class-related collaboration.

Students access their Gmail account from the Purdue Global Campus homepage and retain access to their provisioned Google account for up to 1 year after they graduate or become inactive. Review the Purdue Global Student Google Account Closure FAQs.

Browser Compatibility

Browser Compatibility
Google Chrome Supports all Google Workspace features and functionality.
Mozilla Firefox Works well with Google Workspace, but does not support offline access to Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
Apple Safari and Microsoft Edge Works well with Google Workspace, but does not support:
  • Offline access to Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Desktop notifications in Gmail
  • Accessibility tools (e.g., screen readers)

Productivity Software

All students are required to have Microsoft Office 2013 or a more recent version such as Microsoft Office 365, which is available as a free, renewable subscription to active, enrolled students at Purdue Global. Students can access Microsoft Office 365 from the OnTheHub software store found on the Student Store & Discounts page in Purdue Global Campus.

Note that students who are purchasing Microsoft Office for the first time may need to purchase Office 2019, in which case they may also need to purchase an upgrade for their operating system. As with their provisioned Google account, students retain access to their Microsoft Office 365 subscription for up to 1 year after they graduate or become inactive.

Software Recommended Minimum
Microsoft Office 2019 or 365 2013

A current version of the following software:

Software Download
Adobe Acrobat Reader Free Download
Oracle Java Free Download

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Purdue Global Student Account Closure FAQs

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Hardware and Software Requirements: Students must be able to run, install, and configure programs and be able to store and retrieve documents and files on their computer.

Technical Support for Microphones and Webcams: Purdue Global's Support and Solutions Team is not available to offer guidance or technical support concerning the use of microphones or webcams. Students should understand how to operate the built-in features and/or external equipment prior to using them in the classroom environment.

Software Support: Please note: newly released versions of software may not be immediately supported.