Technology Requirements for Online MLS Students 

Minimum Hardware Recommendations

Processor: Intel Core i5 processor or higher
Processor Speed: 2.5GHz or faster
Operating System: Windows 10 
RAM/Memory: At least 8 GB RAM
Hard Disk Capacity: At least 500GB or higher
Monitor: At least 15" color high resolution, multiscan color monitor (17" is preferred)
Audio/Sound card: 16 bit sound card (required for both audio and video support)”
Multimedia capabilities: Video & audio (speakers and microphone, preferably headset); and access to any PC-type camera/webcam (any brand with USB connector)
Antivirus software: Recommended Microsoft Security Essentials. This can be downloaded for free at uthsc.edu/antivirus/students.php

Minimum Software Recommendations

Microsoft Office 2010

  • Word for word processing
  • Excel for spreadsheets
  • PowerPoint for presentations
  • Outlook for email, calendar, contact management, and tasks

Free Office 365 for Education

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher
For more information: https://www.uthsc.edu/office-365/about-office365-proplus.php

Internet Recommendations

Internet Explorer 11 and above are recommended for use with Blackboard. Also, the latest version of Firefox can be used, download from mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new

Reader for PDF documents

The latest version of Adobe Reader is available for free from Adobe at get.adobe.com/reader. Adobe has other products that are not free -- make sure you're getting the correct program. Acrobat Reader is free but just plain Acrobat is not.

Movie/Audio Player

The latest version of QuickTime, Windows Media Player or RealPlayer, all of which are free downloads.

  • QuickTime - http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/
  • Windows Media Player should come already installed on your new system (if it is Windows)
  • RealPlayer - http://www.real.com -- (Note: You want the FREE download of the RealPlayer program. You are not required to download their more expensive player.)

Minimum Internet Service Provider (ISP) Requirements

You must have access to the Internet via one of the following methods:

  • DSL (e.g. Bell South)
  • Cable Modem ( e.g. Comcast)
  • Satellite (e.g. DirecTV)

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Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-6304
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