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Minimum Technology Requirements

As a Miami Online student, you don't need to have the newest technology, but there are minimum requirements to succeed in your online coursework.

Computer Hardware

If possible, we recommend that you have access to a desktop or laptop device no more than five years old. While online coursework functions across tablets and mobile devices, those tools may not always be compatible with particular coursework in some programs or courses.

For best performance, we recommend the following hardware:

  • Screen no smaller than 1024×600px (the average size of a notebook computer)
  • 2.4GHz or faster processor
  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB of RAM preferred)
  • Built-in audio or external sound card and speakers
  • Headset with microphone (preferred)
  • Internal or external web camera

With Miami University's Student Laptop Program, you'll be able to purchase recommended devices at a discounted price.


We also recommend that your device runs on one of the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft Window 10 or newer
  • Apple macOS 10.14 or newer
  • Linux (note: some Canvas features and other software may not run as expected)
  • Chrome OS – latest version

Local administrative privileges on the computer may be required to allow software installation and configure computer settings.

Internet and Browser Requirements

A high-speed connection will help you be successful in your online courses, but a reliable internet connection of 512 kbps minimum is acceptable. If you can access a wired connection, it's best to use that for quizzes, exams, media recordings, and large file submissions.

To download a web browser or update your browser to the most recent version, try one of these options:

Use the most recent version of your preferred browser that supports JavaScript and cookies. Have at least two browsers installed in case one browser is unavailable. Update the browsers regularly.