The School of Social Work (SSW) requires all Master of Social Work (MSW) students to obtain a personal laptop computer. Laptops are used in some 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 laptops.
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 • 2.4/5 GHz dual-band 802.11n (or better) Wi-Fi • 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 • 2.4/5 GHz dual-band 802.11n (or better) Wi-Fi • Mac OS Sierra (or newer) • At least one year of extended AppleCare warranty suggested
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 free to U-M Students (http://computershowcase.umich.edu/software/) • SPSS can be purchased for $42 (http://computershowcase.umich.edu/item.php?cat=72&id=4352)
Please note: Tablets will not meet the laptop requirement as they are unable to run SPSS. Contact the Office of Student Services (734) 936-0961 or https://ssw.umich.edu/r/student-services-contacts with questions or concerns regarding this policy.