Technology Requirements—School- and Course-Specific Requirements

In the Purdue Global online learning environment, computer software and hardware allows you to communicate clearly and effectively with faculty, staff, and other students. It is the vehicle by which you submit all course assignments. Without the appropriate software and hardware, you will not be able to access course materials, collaborate with faculty, nor complete assignments for submission and grading.

Additional Software and Hardware Requirements

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

Please review the information on this page carefully. If you have questions about these requirements or whether your current software or hardware is appropriate for a class in which you would like to enroll, contact your Student Support Specialist at 866-522-7747.

Purchasing Additional Software

If you need to purchase additional software, please see the Recommended Software Vendor section for information about discounted student rates.

School-Specific Requirements

Please check to ensure that your computer meets the minimum requirements needed to run any additional software. All software and hardware requirements are subject to change.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

    College of Social and Behavioral Sciences


    All social and behavioral sciences courses require Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer, available as a free download (if you do not have PowerPoint already) from this page.

    In addition, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Communication program must have access to a computer with a built-in microphone and webcam or an external headset with a microphone and an external webcam.


    Please Note: 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.

  • Nursing

    School of Nursing


    Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN and graduate nursing programs will utilize Shadow Health software throughout the program. The current, one-time fee of $99.00 and $3.99 learner support fee are paid directly to Shadow Health. Instructions to purchase the software is provided to students in this course.

    Students enrolled in the Associate of Science in Nursing or Bachelor of Science in Nursing—RN-to-BSN: Students in these programs will be required to use the Oculus Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headset to participate in the virtual assignments and learning activities. The cost of the headset and software is not currently eligible to be covered by financial aid. Use of the headset requires a smartphone with the Oculus companion application. The minimum OS requirements for phones to run the Oculus companion app are Apple iOS 10+ or Android 5.0+. Once the initial setup is complete, you'll be able to complete virtual activities using your Oculus Quest 2 headset. Please see the tuition and fees page for more information.


    Please note: Purdue Global's Support and Solutions Team is not available to offer guidance or technical support concerning the use of Shadow Health or Oculus. Shadow Health and Oculus provide technical support for students.

Course-Specific Requirements

Undergraduate Courses

Review the hardware/software requirements for undergraduate courses below.

Graduate Courses

Review the hardware/software requirements for undergraduate courses below.