Computer Requirements


Innovation University of Silicon Valley technical support staff strongly recommends a broadband (cable modem or DSL) Internet connection. Though not required, subscribing to a broadband connection may be the most important investment Students can make to improve their online learning experience.

Internet Connection*

56K Modem Broadband (Cable or DSL)

512kbps Download speed or higher

Software Requirements†

Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx)

Adobe Acrobat Reader to view PDF files, Adobe Flash Player to view videos, tutorials, and other media content

Java Plug-in (optional) for secondary sites and tools

Anti-Virus Software to scan files and emails

Microsoft Office 2010 or higher (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Adobe Acrobat Reader (Current Release)

Adobe Flash (Current Release)

Oracle Java 7 (Current Release)

Mac Software Requirements

Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

Mac OS 10.9 (Maverick)

Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite)

One for the following internet browsers for accessing and navigating sites:

Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, or Chrome ,Windows Media Player

With Current Software Updates

Safari (Current Release)

Firefox (Current Release)

Chrome (Current Release)

Apple QuickTime (Current Release)

Windows Software Requirements

Windows Vista

Windows Vista 7

Windows Vista 8

Windows Vista 10

Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Apple QuickTime

With Current Software Updates

Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 10

Firefox (Current Release)

Chrome (Current Release)

Windows Media Player (Current Release)

Hardware Requirements

1 GHz Processor

512MB of Memory (RAM)

20GB of free storage space

2 GHz Processor or higher

2 GHz Processor or higher

30GB or higher of free storage space

* Courses requiring the use of a webcam or headset will require a broadband connection with a minimum speed of 256 kbps upload and 512 kbps download.

† Specific courses or programs may have additional requirements.

Information technology courses also require:

• Windows is required for some required applications

• Mac users will need a Windows install or Windows set-up with Parallels

• Backup storage device

Some MBA courses also require Windows

• Mac users will need a Windows install or Windows set-up with Parallels

Students needing technical support should e-mail