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 on-campus 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 Big Sur (or newer) • At least one year of extended AppleCare warranty suggested
Please note: Tablets and Chromebooks do not meet the laptop requirement as they are unable to run SPSS.