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Computing Requirements

Described below are the minimal computing requirements for all students in all School of Public Health certificate and degree programs.

All students are required to possess a personal laptop, no older than approximately two years, that must meet the following requirements:

Windows Laptops:

  • Windows Operating System that is running 64-Bit
    • Windows 10
  • Integrated Webcam with Microphone
  • Integrated or USB Connectable CD Drive
  • Processor:
    • Modern processor such as Intel 9th Gen or AMD Ryzen 3 2200U
  • Random Access Memory (RAM)
    • 8GB RAM or Higher
  • Storage (Traditional or Solid State are acceptable)
    • 500, 1000GB (1TB) Hard Drive
    • 256, 500GB Solid State Hard Drive (SSD’s greatly improves the computer performance)
  • Additional Software
  • Other Requirements:
    • Privacy: Strong login passwords; hardware encrypted USB keys and external drives
    • Administrator level account permissions – students should only login as the administrator when running updates to reduce risk of viruses
    • Automatic backup utility for all files
    • Note: iPads, tablets, Chromebooks, and Netbooks, as well as virtual operating systems, do NOT satisfy the graduate student computer requirement
  • Suggested Requirements:
    • Headset with microphone
    • Internet Connection with a bandwidth of 100mbps
      (Note: the amount of connected devices in your network will affect this speed)

Mac Laptops:

  • macOS
    • Mojave or Higher
  • Integrated Webcam with Microphone
  • Integrated or USB Connectable CD Drive
  • Processor:
    • MacBook Pro with modern Intel CPU (2 years or newer)
  • Random Access Memory (RAM)
    • MacBook Pro - 8GB of RAM or Higher
  • Storage (Only Available in Solid State.)
    • 256GB, 512GB, 1TB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Additional Software
    • Office 365 (See the following for instructions on how to download: here Please note that Office will only work while you are a student at Rutgers University, you will need to purchase it again once you leave.)
    • Statistical Software
      Software listed below can be purchased from the Rutgers Software Store. https://software.rutgers.edu/ There is a fee for most software downloads.
      • SAS 9.4 M6
        SAS is not compatible with Apple computers, if your course requires the use of SAS a Windows 10 computer is needed.
      • IBM SPSS 26
      • JMP Pro 15 for SAS
      • R 3.6.3
        Open Source free to download https://www.r-project.org/
  • Other Requirements:
    • Privacy: Strong login passwords; hardware encrypted USB keys and external drives
    • Administrator level account permissions – students should only login as the administrator when running updates to reduce risk of viruses
    • Automatic backup utility for all files
    • Note: iPads, tablets, Chromebooks, and Netbooks, as well as virtual operating systems, do NOT satisfy the graduate student computer requirement
    • WebEx needs a minimum bandwidth of 10mbps
  • Suggested Requirements:
    • Headset with microphone
    • Internet Connection with a bandwidth of 100mbps
      (Note: the amount of connected devices in your network will affect this speed)