Laptop Requirement

MBA students are required to have a laptop computer. In some classes you will use your laptop extensively; in others periodically or minimally. You will need your laptop on the first day of class. The cost to purchase the required laptop can be included in your financial aid budget.

Laptop Capability Requirements:

  • 802.11b or 802.11g wireless LAN capability
  • Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) compatible with Microsoft Office 2003
  • Minimum RAM of 256 Mb (optimal 512 Mb RAM)

Some courses require Windows only software applications. Apple OS X Intel based laptops (MacBook and MacPro) must be set up to support the Windows operating system. The cost to purchase Windows operating system software and license are the responsibility of the laptop user.

If you intend to utilize your employer provided laptop for class you should ensure that the laptop administration is NOT restricted by your company's IT department. You may be required to install software, make network changes, or make other system configuration changes to your laptop. Laptops with administration lock down or that are only partially configurable will not meet the requirements of this program.

Purchasing a Laptop

Academically priced laptops, software and hardware are available through The Willamette Store, Willamette University's bookstore.

Using Financial Aid Funds to Purchase Your Laptop

The cost to purchase the required laptop can be included in your financial aid budget. To use funds from your Federal or Private loan to pay for your laptop, submit the Request for Adjustment in Student Budget Form to the Office of Financial Aid at For assistance or with your questions call 503-370-6273 (US toll-free 1-877-744-3736).

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