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Carson College of Business Computer Requirements


We recommend that you invest in a wireless laptop for use in and out of the classroom. This will give you the mobility to solve business problems collaboratively while using the latest technology.

Suggested laptop specifications:

  • Intel i5 processor or AMD FX-8350
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • Windows 8 Pro
  • DVD reader/burner

We recommend Windows-based computers instead of Apple, because most of the software used by faculty and students is Windows-based. If you are a Mac user, you can use Bootcamp to run Windows 8 Pro on your computer, or you can use a third-party product like parallels, VMWare Fusion, or VirtualBox.

Buy or rent

You must provide the funding for your own laptop. This gives you your choice of vendor and equipment. Depending on your circumstances, financial aid may be available.

If purchasing a laptop is not an option, the WSU TechStore rents laptops.

Requirement to purchase

Only MBA and Master’s of Accounting students are required to purchase a laptop.


For information about system requirements, software, and setup, contact the Carson College Office of Technology

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