Online Degree Technical Requirements

Your computer and your internet connection are the two most important components of a rewarding online experience. We therefore want to make certain that you have all the necessary resources available to successfully complete your course work. Please review the information presented below to make certain that you possess the necessary components.

Internet Requirements

A minimum download speed of 1.5 Mbps is required for admission, which is commonly the speed associated with a basic DSL or a cellular/satellite connection. A faster connection, such as cable or fiber service, will further enhance your online experience. A Wi-Fi connection is generally acceptable, but is dependent upon one of the two services mentioned above.

Required Software


  • Office Suite: MS Office 2007 or newer
  • Browser: The most recent version of the following: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge
  • Plug-Ins: The most recent version of Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash and Java


Recommended Computer Settings


  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Available Hard Drive Space: 1 GB
  • Operating System: Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10


  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Available Hard Drive Space: 1 GB
  • Operating System: 10.7 or better

Minimum Technology Requirements for Online Courses

Students will need an internet-capable device to take courses at Belhaven University. The recommended device is a laptop or personal computer. It is not recommended to attempt to complete courses using a smartphone, although there may be some tasks that can be completed on a smartphone. Those taking virtual synch courses will need to have a webcam, microphone, and speakers/headset in order to attend.

For best performance, Canvas should be used on the current or first previous major release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari. Because it's built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, or any other device with a modern web browser.

Canvas only requires an operating system that can run the latest compatible web browsers. Your computer operating system should be kept up to date with the latest recommended security updates and upgrades.

Mobile Devices

Simply install the Canvas app on either an Android or iOS device. Please refer to the information below to make certain that your device meets the minimum requirements:

  • iOS: version 7 and newer
  • Android: version 2.3 and newer

Skill Requirements

Students need to possess basic computer skills, such as:

  • How to use a web browser and word processor
  • How to send and receive email
  • How to locate a file and attach it to an email
  • How to copy and paste