Technology Requirements for Online Students

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Online Courses have two major requirements:

  • Students will need to install several small programs on their computers
  • Students will need to have access to broadband internet (at least 5MBPS)

Students not able to fulfill these requirements will not be able to succeed in an online format.

Online-Specific Technology Requirements

  • Desktop or laptop computer (Surface, iPads and other tablets are not acceptable)
  • Broadband Internet access (above 5MBPS required)
  • Up-to-date virus protection software
  • Webcam (most laptops have built-in webcams)
  • Headset with microphone

Important Note: Students must have full administrator access to their computer. This means that students may not be able to use a company provided computer as they often restrict some system operations necessary for online course work.

In addition to these requirements, it is strongly recommended to follow the guidelines below:

Minimum Hardware Recommendations:
  • Intel processor i5 or higher or similar
  • 14.1" Widescreen Display
  • Memory - 8.0GB
  • 1 GB Video
  • 256GB + Hard Drive
  • 802.11a/g/– Wireless
Minimum Software Recommendations:
  • OS - Windows 10 – (English Language Version)
  • Fully Functioning Anti-Virus (Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection is provided free of charge by JHU while a student at
  • MS Office Pro Plus 2016 or greater (available free of charge while a student at

Most Mac computers will meet all specifications noted above. However, there may be software that is specific to some JHU courses which may not be compatible, for example, Argus and Crystal Ball. In some cases, our IT department provides loaner laptops during on-ground class time. Johns Hopkins offers discounts to students for hardware and software. Please visit for further information.


(Last Updated March 2019)