Technology Requirements

The following are minimum technology requirements for Stetson-Hatcher School of Business students.

System Requirements


  • Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better; AMD Ryzen R5 or better
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or above
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or greater


  • MAC OS X 10.15 or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core i5/i7 or Mac processors
  • Memory: 8GB RAM or greater

View program-specific requirements below

Hard Drive Storage

256 GB SSD or better; 512 GB SSD or better


Webcam, microphone, and speakers or headphones


For the best user experience, the following browsers are preferred:

  • Mozilla Firefox, the latest version (Windows)
  • Google Chrome, the latest version (Windows)

Internet Access

A wired and/or wireless network card is required. The minimum high-speed cable connection is 3 Mbps (i.e., high-speed DSL, cable modem), but a 5 Mbps connection is recommended for quicker load times.


The following software and plug-ins are needed:

  • Microsoft Office is available for free to current students. For more information, visit the Licensed Software website.
  • Zoom
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, latest version — required to view documents in your browser
  • Adobe Flash Player 11 or higher — required for media recording, streaming, viewing, and uploading
  • Java, latest version — required for several features in Canvas

Program-specific requirements

  • Excel Basic (some programs will also require Excel Advanced)
  • Laptop with Windows Operating System (strongly recommended for M.S. Business Analytics)
  • Respondus-Lockdown Browser/Monitor
  • Word

Note: Additional software applications may be required based on individual programs. Chromebooks, tablets, and iPads/iPhones are NOT recommended for use as primary devices. The School of Business recommends personal laptops as most company laptops may not be compatible with software requirements.

Distance Learning Requirements

Students are required to have a laptop (PC) that meets minimum specifications to support learning and evaluation during the program. Students use their laptops for activities that include online testing in the classroom (testing software), virtual simulations, and working with other software and technology products as stated above.

Distance learning and blended courses are delivered through Zoom and Canvas. High-speed internet access is required for all distance learning students. Courses will require that students have access to headphones, speakers, microphones, and webcams for use in web conferencing programs, such as Zoom.

Visit the Mercer University Information Technology website for recommended computer and network resources for distance learning.