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Technology Requirements

Below are the technology requirements for students in the College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School. Please note that the requirements below are subject to change.

General Requirements

  • Basic competency in Microsoft Office 2010, 365 (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) or equivalent.  (Word 2010 Essential Training video series is available free through Bethel's agreement with Lynda.com)
  • Access to the required computer hardware and software for the entirety of the program

Hardware Requirements

  • Computer purchased within the last 3 years (PC or Mac)
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection (≥256 kbps) CDRW/DVD or DVD+/-RW
  • One of the following:
    • Microphone and speakers
    • Microphone and headphones
    • Headset with combined microphone and headphone
    • A Webcam is also recommended, though not required

Software Requirements

  • Virus protection software
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Microsoft Office
  • Updated web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Safari)
  • Macromedia Flash Player

For students enrolling in the BS Accounting, BS Business, BA Organizational Leadership, MBA or MA Strategic Leadership, these additional requirements are needed:

  • Assignments must be submitted in Microsoft Office Format (i.e, .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx).  There are a variety of software packages that support these formats, including Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, and Google Docs.  
  • Automatic, cloud-based backup/file sync utility (such as Dropbox or Google Drive).  Keep all Bethel and course assignments backed up at all times.  
  • Software necessary to support online communication (Google Hangouts, etc.) 
  • Adobe Reader (free online) 
  • Apple Quicktime (free online) 

Software Recommendations (as needed)

  • Apple Quicktime (free online) 
  • Windows Media Player
  • Adobe Media Player
  • RealPlayer Basic