As Methodist University continues to set the standard in preparation and adaptation for disruptions caused by COVID-19 (such as potential, immediate moves to remote learning), the University requires all students (undergraduate, graduate, and online) to have laptop computers.

Please visit the myMU Portal (login required) for more information about the laptop requirement, including funds and disbursement.

Note: These are minimum specifications. Students can upgrade processors, memory, and storage as desired.

General Specifications

PC

  • Processor: 9th Generation Intel Core i5 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB minimum
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
  • 256 GB SSD storage
  • Wireless (802.11ac/b/g/n compliant)

Apple MacBook Air

  • Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 7‑core GPU, and 16‑core Neural Engine
  • 8GB unified memory, 16 GB recommended
  • 256GB SSD storage
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • Wireless (802.11ac/b/g/n compliant)

Microsoft Office 365

All students have free access to the Microsoft Office 365 suite of software, 1TB of OneDrive storage, and the wireless network across campus. A 1 TB external storage drive is recommended for all students.

Program-specific Specifications

Engineering

  • For PC users:
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 or better
    • Memory: 8 GB minimum, 16 GB recommended
    • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
    • Integrated Xe Graphics
    • 250 GB SSD minimum 500 GB SSD preferred storage
    • Wireless (802.11ac/b/g/n compliant)
    • For Mac users:
    • MacOS 10.14 “Mojave” or newer
  • NOTE: some Engineering software programs only run on Windows.
  • Students may download the following engineering software for free:
    • Matlab – minimum recommendations (with SSD) are sufficient
    • Solidworks – minimum recommendations with an approved graphics card: solidworks.com/support/hardware-certification/
    • Minitab – minimum recommendations sufficient; newest versions only work on Windows
    • 3DSSPP – minimum recommendations sufficient

Graphic Design

  • 13” Apple MacBook Pro
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

Music

  • 13” Apple MacBook Pro
  • Nektar SE49 (49 Key USB Keyboard Controller)
    Order from sweetwater.com (list Methodist as reference when ordering)
  • Logic Studio (software) – Logic Pro X in the “Pro Apps Bundle for Education” may be purchased at the same time as the computer.

Communication

  • PC – Processor: Intel Core i5 4 core or better
  • Memory: 8 GB minimum, 16 GB recommended
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
    Integrated Xe Graphics
  • 250 GB SSD minimum 500 GB SSD preferred storage
  • Wireless (802.11ac/b/g/n compliant)
  • An advanced graphics card with CUDA capabilities, such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription