Technology Requirements for Hybrid/Online Coursework

Online courses require a working computer with an up-to-date operating system and a reliable internet connection. It is strongly encouraged not to rely on a tablet for engaging in online education.

Recommended hardware and software from the computing services at Duquesne suggest the following:

Hardware and Peripherals

  • Windows 7 or later or Mac OS X 10.10 or later
  • Intel Core i5 processor or higher
  • 8GB RAM or greater recommended
  • Cable/DSL broadband connection or better
  • Webcam for video conferencing
  • Headphones or speakers
  • Inkjet or laser printer


  • PC - Microsoft Office 2010 or later
  • Mac - Microsoft Office 2011 or later
  • Java version 8 or greater
  • Adobe® Reader DC or later
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 11.0 or later (Windows only)
  • Apple Safari (Mac only)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome

Duquesne University offers excellent technical support through the Computer Store and the Student Help Desk (412-396-4357). If you need to upgrade your computer, the Duquesne Computer Store is located in the DU Union and offers student discounts.