Computer requirements

To complete online courses, you will need access to a computer with a modern web browser, a working internet connection, word processing software and disk space to save your work.

Review the following requirements and download what you need before starting your course.

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Use our buying guidelines to either confirm your computer is ready for online courses or to find a new computer that fits your needs.


Our Software Anywhere service may be able to connect you to what you need from any browser. You also can access software or purchase common programs from the Remote Class and Student Resources section of MizzouOne, which is the university‚Äôs online task center. 

Hardware and software

When you need assistance for your hardware and software purchases, contact UMSL Information Technology Services.

Hardware and software

When you need assistance for your hardware and software purchases, contact the Missouri S&T IT Department. Students are encouraged to live chat and open a ticket.

Online learning tools

Contact IT Media Services for any assistance regarding online learning tools, such as Zoom and Panopto.

Hardware and software

When you need assistance for your hardware and software purchases, contact UMKC Information Services.

Recommended minimum technology requirements



  • A webcam is preferred
  • A headset with microphone
  • Broadband internet connection is preferred. Examples of broadband internet connection are high-speed DSL or a Cable modem. High-speed internet is available for students at Campus Computer labs.


  • Not all website features function correctly in all web browsers. If you experience difficulties with website features, please try an alternative internet browser before contacting Technology Support.
  • Chromebook computers do not support every web standard and may not function correctly when accessing some university applications.


Since course guidelines and materials are presented over the internet, your browser should support graphics, run JavaScript, handle iframes and accept cookies. Portions of the course also may require you to install Adobe Flash Player.

The most common browsers include the following: 

You may need to use a variety of browsers depending on the needs of your course. Also keep in mind that you should upgrade your browser to the latest version whenever updates are available.

Virus protection

Even though we keep the safety of your data in mind with all our programs, going online can have risks. Consider installing a virus protection program for everything you do.