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Carson College of Business Computer Requirements


We recommend investing in a Windows 10 laptop for use in and out of the classroom. This provides mobility to solve business problems collaboratively while using the latest technology.

Minimum laptop specifications:

  • Intel Core i5 or AMD Ryzen 5 processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Hard Drive

Recommended laptop specifications:

  • Intel Core i7 or AMD Ryzen 7 processor
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD Hard Drive

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 10 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.

WSU Coretech has purchase options and offers an educational discount to students:

If purchasing a laptop is not an option, the WSU Libraries have short term rental options (4-hour, no cost), while WSU CougTech/Crimson Desk has long term rental options (semester, plus, for cost).

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