Laptop Requirements and Information

Willamette MBA students enrolled in the full-time program (Early Career/Career Change, BA/MBA, JD/MBA) are required to have a laptop computer. In some classes you will use your laptop extensively; in others periodically or minimally.

Both Mac and PC laptops are common at the Atkinson School. However, it is important to know that some speciality software used in classes may not be available for Mac. In these cases, students will need to provide their own access to a appropriate windows based laptop.

Minimum required laptop specifications are listed below.
* 802.11b or 802.11g wireless LAN capability
* Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
* RAM of 2G

Some elective courses require Windows only software applications that are not available for Mac. In these cases, students will need to provide their own access to an appropriate windows based laptop. In other cases, windows based software is available for Apple OS X Intel based laptops (MacBook and MacPro) that are set up to support the Windows operating system. However, the cost to purchase Windows operating system software and license are the responsibility of the student.

If you intend to use a laptop provided by an organization or employer for your MBA course work, be sure the laptop administration is NOT restricted by the organization's IT department. You may be required to install software, make network changes, or make other system configuration changes to your laptop. Laptops with administration lock down or that are only partially configurable will not meet the requirements of this program.


Using Your U.S. Federal Educational Loans to Pay for Your Laptop
The cost to purchase the required laptop can be included in your financial aid budget. If you plan to use funds from U.S. federally sponsored educational loans (Stafford Loans, Graduate Plus Loans) to pay for you laptop, contact Katy O'Neil, Senior Financial Aid Counselor, (gradaid@willamette.edu , 503-370-6273, toll free in U.S. 1-877-744-3736) and submit the a Budget Adjustment form to Katy. You can access the Budget Adjustment Forms for graduate students at http://www.willamette.edu/dept/finaid/forms/index.html