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.