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Section 1.21.00: Laptop Requirement Policy

The School of Social Work (SSW) requires all Master of Social Work (MSW) students to obtain a personal laptop computer or, for students in the online MSW program, a laptop or desktop computer. Laptops are used in some residental classes, in group projects outside of class, and can serve your other information processing needs. The SSW utilizes virtual lab technology that all students can access anytime, anywhere, making a laptop essential.

The SSW and U-M are both PC- and Mac-friendly and specific device configuration recommendations are below. A recent version of a modern operating system should allow students to access all necessary software and systems. Students should also consider their own needs when purchasing a laptop. The SSW does not provide support for student-owned computers.

Students may pursue a budget increase from the university Office of Financial Aid for a one-time computer purchase. Students lacking the resources to purchase an appropriate computer may request assistance from the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management.

Computer Purchasing Recommendations
Windows laptop/notebook:
• Dual core 2.4 GHz minimum processor
• Minimum of 8 GB RAM
• 256 GB minimum SSD or 500 GB minimum hard drive
• Wi-Fi supporting 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (or better)
• Windows 10
• At least one year of extended warranty suggested
Macintosh laptop/notebook:
• Dual core 1.6 GHz minimum processor
• Minimum of 8 GB RAM
• 256 GB minimum SSD or 500 GB minimum hard drive
• Wi-Fi supporting 5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (or better)
• Mac OS Catalina (or newer)
• At least one year of extended AppleCare warranty suggested
Please note: Tablets and Chromebooks will not meet the laptop requirement as they are unable to run SPSS.

One source for purchasing a laptop is through the University of Michigan Tech Shop (
https://techshop.umich.edu/ ).  The U-M Computer Showcase is on campus and offers academic pricing on a selection of computers and software.  The U-M Tech Shop Support & Repair centers (http://its.umich.edu/computing/computers-software/tech-repair ) offer no- and low-cost services for computers purchased in the showcase and elsewhere.
Frequently Used Software
Due to the nature of assignments in the SSW, students would benefit from having Microsoft Office (or a similar software package) on their computer. Additionally, some professors may require that students purchase SPSS for their personal computers. The University of Michigan Computer Showcase offers software to students for free or an affordable cost:
• Microsoft Office 365 Education is free to U-M Students
• Adobe Creative Cloud is free to U-M students
https://its.umich.edu/computing/computers-software/adobe-creative-cloud )
• SPSS can be purchased at a discount through the Tech Shop, generally between $35-$45
https://techshop.umich.edu/catalogsearch/result/?q=spss )
Contact the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management (734) 936-0961 or
https://ssw.umich.edu/r/student-services-contacts with questions or concerns regarding this policy. Visit https://ssw.umich.edu/offices/ssw-it-services to see computer support options. See https://its.umich.edu/tech-guide for additional information.

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