Minimum system requirements for classes


Sufficient technology and Internet access is required to complete classes when you take an undergraduate college course at DeVry University. The following list will help verify that you are adequately equipped.

NOTES: Specific curricula for college courses may require additional software purchases. Any additional software requirements will be provided at the time they are needed in a course.

Computer specifications are reviewed periodically to accommodate changes in technology. While every attempt is made to ensure that these specifications satisfy all curricular needs for students completing courses, upgrades may be needed in the event of technology changes.

While tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices may allow for some completion of coursework, they are not guaranteed to work for all educational purposes. Please ensure you have a computer available to complete coursework in the event other computing devices do not meet the needs of the course.

Students who need assistive technologies will have different computer and technology requirements. Please check with your Student Services counselor to determine the requirements for the specific technologies needed to support your online classes.

For questions regarding these requirements, please phone the Help Desk at 877-306-4283.

General Systems Requirements

Internet Access

Computer & Internet Security

General Systems Requirements

Following is the hardware and software needed to complete your undergraduate classes at DeVry University:

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 10, Windows 8.x, and Windows 7 are supported. Please note Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1 are not supported. Users of Windows 10 need run at least version 1607 to submit Canvas assignments. For information on updating Windows 10 to version 1607, click here.
  • MAC OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and higher is supported for most online course materials, but there may be applications that require a supported Windows Operating System. Therefore, please be prepared to run a virtual machine environment such as Parallels desktop, vmWare Fusion, Oracle VirtualBox or use BootCamp with an installed and supported Windows Operating System (as mentioned above) if you elect to use a MAC computer. Please contact your Academic Advisor for more information on your specific program technical requirements. Please review the Apple Support website below for more information on running Windows on a MAC computer.

IMPORTANT: We highly recommend that you have administrative rights to the computer used for college coursework. If you must use a computer over which you do not have administrative rights (such as a library computer or a workplace computer), you may experience difficulties with needed functions, such as installing plug-ins. Students using library or workplace computers will have limited support options due to access limitations on such networks. Check with your workplace IT department to ensure that you may access course materials from your company’s network.

Productivity Tools
DeVry University makes Microsoft Office available for students at no additional cost. Microsoft Office is also available at no charge through DeVry's centralized lab environment.

Computing devices and computers will need to have audio and video capability as courses may utilize videos, collaboration tools, and/or instructor-led conferencing sessions. Therefore, systems with speakers, camera, and microphone are necessary.

Internet Access
ISP account for Internet access and email address. (See more on Internet connectivity specifications below.)

Email Account
A valid email address is necessary and will need to be frequently checked to participate in your coursework and program of study. All students are provided with a University supplied email address which is our preferred and recommended option. This will help you avoid issues with Spam blockers and other problems that may prevent you from receiving email from your professors. It will also enable you to participate in special student offers that are available only to students with a ".edu" email address. If you change your email address, you must supply the correct address to DeVry Student Services. You can access your University supplied student email account by logging in to the student portal and clicking the My Student Email link.

Supported Internet Browsers:
The following are supported browsers. Major releases of browsers are generally supported within 60-90 days of their public release date. Due to the rapid release cycles of some supported Internet browsers, the two latest releases of each browser are supported. When using older versions of a browser, users risk running into problems with the course software. Some courses may require the use of a specific browser. Please check with your Student Services counselor to determine the requirements for the specific technologies needed to support your online classes.

  • Windows OS Users
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and Edge 39 or higher (Please make sure your operating system is also current as noted in the computer specifications lesson; you may need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
    • Google Chrome 59 or higher
    • Mozilla Firefox 54 or higher
  • Mac OS Users –
    • Apple Safari 9 or higher
    • Google Chrome 59 or higher
    • Mozilla Firefox 54 or higher

Internet Browsers not mentioned above are NOT currently supported and may not meet all requirements of your coursework.

Internet Browser Settings

Please refer to your browser's Help features to check these settings.

  • Pop-Up Blocker should be disabled
  • Java Script should be enabled
  • Java should be enabled
  • Cookies should be enabled

The most recent version of the following plug-ins are required for many of the resources available in your online courses:

All plug-ins needed to participate in components of your online classes are available at no additional cost. It is recommended that you review the list of plug-ins and install them prior to beginning your coursework.

NOTE: Occasionally a course may require additional plug-ins not listed here, but plan to have the plug-ins listed above installed in advance.

Screen Settings
Screen resolution (size) should be set at minimum to 1024 x 768 or higher. Students using devices unable to meet the minimum requirements for screen settings may require the use of an additional monitor capable of displaying the supported resolution.

Internet Access

Internet access is required to participate in coursework at DeVry.

Computer & Internet Security

The ease and convenience of accessing educational materials through the Internet brings with it the need to ensure that computers or computing devices do not become targets of unwanted and often malicious attacks and security breaches.

To prevent this, we recommend using an anti-virus applications that is kept up to date on a weekly basis, as well as a firewall, as computing devices are subject to cyber attack whether browsing the Internet, retrieving information from external drives, or a network. Email attachments can be particularly vulnerable. Taking these security measures can help guard you against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Also be sure to keep computing device and computer software, applications, and operating system current wehen updates are issued.