Laptop Requirements

All students admitted to the BYU Marriott School of Business are required to own a business-class laptop. Netbooks or tablets will not meet the minimum computing requirements outlined below.

The following are the minimum laptop requirements for new BYU Marriott students:

Hardware/Software Minimum Requirement
Operating System Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
Required Software Microsoft Office 2016 Professional or Microsoft 365 Subscription (Word/Excel/PowerPoint/Access)
Adobe Reader
Antivirus software with a current license
Additional software may be required depending on the courses taken
Processor 6th Generation i5/i7 (2.7 GHz or better)
Memory 8 GB (DDR3) or better
Hard Disk 500 GB (SATA 7200 RPM) or 256 GB SSD
Graphics 2GB memory (4GB recommended) DDR3 or GDDR5 memory
Audio Built-in speakers
Headphone jack
Networking Dual Band Wireless 802.11 b/g/n compliant (5 GHz) 
Ports 2 USB ports
1 VGA or 1 HDMI/DisplayPort with a VGA adapter (VGA may be required for some classrooms)
Display 13″ minimum display (15.6″ recommended)
1366 X 768 resolution or higher (1920 X 1080 or better recommended)
Battery 5 hour battery life or better (May require the purchase of multiple batteries)

Operating Systems and Software

BYU Marriott has standardized on the MS Windows and MS Office Professional platforms. If you would like to purchase a non-Windows computer, please be advised that you will be in the minority. It will also be your responsibility to run the Windows OS either by setting up your computer as a dual boot machine or by running Windows under a virtual machine. No BYU Marriott support will be available to set this up; therefore, it is strongly recommended that students come with a business-class laptop that runs Windows natively.

You will use Microsoft Office Professional applications extensively throughout the program. Microsoft Office Professional must be purchased by students and is available at deeply discounted academic pricing through the BYU Bookstore, along with many other useful software packages. In addition, Microsoft 365 is available for students.

BYU Wireless Access

Students who want to use BYU wireless access on campus are required to:

  • Have a wireless card that connects to both 2.4 and 5.0 GHz ranges
  • Have an up-to-date antivirus program installed on their laptop
  • Keep their Windows operating system up to date with the latest security patches from Microsoft
  • Obtain administrative rights on their laptop so that software and patches can be installed as needed

Purchasing Aids and Ideas

The specifications above can easily be met by a laptop that costs less than $1,000. Computers that meet the minimum requirements are sold at local stores, including warehouses such as Costco or Sam’s Club. There are also many online retailers, such as Dell, HP, Sony, ASUS, Gateway, and Lenovo, where a laptop can be purchased.

You may also find current offers from the BYU Bookstore’s Cougar Computer department.


Note: This policy is updated annually. Students entering the BYU Marriott School of Business with a laptop meeting the minimum requirements should not need to upgrade during their program.

Date Updated: 29 August 2017