Laptop Requirements 2015

Laptop Requirements for Incoming Full-Time MBA, FEMBA, EMBA and GEMBA for Asia Pacific Students

Hardware Requirements Fall 2015

If you have been accepted into the UCLA Anderson School, we offer you our congratulations. Student Technology Services (STS) is here to help you prepare to use technology to the fullest extent possible. Our goal simply stated is to help you make informed choices, get you up and running at Anderson and help you keep your laptop in tip-top shape.

This is the preliminary information for you about Anderson laptop requirements for incoming students, Fall 2015.

For students who are considering purchasing a new laptop, we recommend that you wait until mid-summer for the latest laptop models. Technology changes quickly and you may end up purchasing an older model if you buy it now.


These are the minimum and recommended hardware requirements for your laptop. The MINIMUM requirements are what we feel will be the bare minimum configuration for your laptop. The RECOMMENDED requirements are what we feel will be the optimal configuration for your laptop. You will be a student for the next two or three years and combining this with our years of experience as a support office we have created these recommendations.

Processor Intel 5th Generation Core-i > 2 GHz *
Intel 3rd Generation Core-i > 2 GHz *
Hard Drive 250+ GB SSD 250 GB
Memory(RAM) 8+ GB** 4 GB**
Video Card Dedicated Graphics Integrated Graphics
Optical Drive Recommended*** Optical drive not required***
Warranty 3 Years parts and labor + Accidental Protection 3 Years parts and labor
Network Ethernet Port
Ethernet Port
Wireless Wireless Card (802.11 a/b/g/n) Wireless Card (802.11 a/b/g)
Network Cable RJ-45e/CAT5 network cable RJ-45e/CAT5 network cable
Region Manufactured for U.S. only Manufactured for U.S. only

* 5th Generation Intel Core processors are more robust than 3rd Generation processors, and i7 processors are more robust than i5 processors which are more robust than i3 processors.  This is strictly a price to performance decision - whatever you prefer.  We do not recommend Intel Core-M processors.

** If you plan on using virtualization software to host an OS (such as a Mac hosting Windows 8), you are advised to purchase a minimum of 8 GB of RAM.

*** While not required, if you would like to purchase an optical drive, be aware that some laptops come with integrated optical drives, while others offer external optical drives as an option. Depending on your needs, an optical drive may be necessary to install software.

Tablets (Apple's iPad, Samsung's Galaxy Tab, Amazon's Kindle Fire, etc.) and Netbooks (super small laptops with limited memory, processing power and no CD/DVD drive) do not meet the minimum hardware requirements for UCLA Anderson School of Management. While these devices are useful secondary devices, they cannot replace your primary laptop, and do not meet the laptop requirement. Tablets and Netbooks are suitable for consuming content (checking e-mail, surfing the Internet, watching a video) but they are not compatible with educational software necessary to produce the coursework in your MBA program.


All software requirements must be met prior to the beginning of the school year to ensure your readiness for classes.

Student must have

Operating System* Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 7 or 8 Pro Starter, Home, RT
Productivity Software**

Microsoft Office 2013 or 365 32-bit

***Office 365 ProPlus subscription for Anderson students available for download at no charge (see below)

Home & Student Office for Mac, Versions prior to 2010, or 64-bit versions

Compare Office

*Mac laptops are acceptable to use as primary computers for study at Anderson, although educational software for courses is only available for Windows environments. Mac users have the option of installing a Windows operating system on their computer either using Boot Camp (functionality native to Mac OS) or via a virtual machine (a third party solution, such as Parallels or Vmware Fusion).  If you plan to use Boot Camp, please be aware that Boot Camp 5 is required to run either Windows 8 Home or Professional 64-bit versions, and that 32-bit versions of Windows 8 are not supported by Boot Camp.

**It is vital you have a 32-bit version of Office and not a 64-bit version. EVEN if your operating system is 64-bit, it will support a 32-bit version of Office. Required educational software will not install properly with a 64-bit version of Office. Office Home & Student versions do not include Outlook (Outlook is not a required product but often helpful to MBAs).

*** IMPORTANT NOTE: Anderson is partnering with Microsoft to provide students with subscription access to Microsoft Office Pro Plus for the duration of their academic program at NO CHARGE through the Microsoft Student Advantage program.  See the Microsoft Student Advantage Program page for links to download and support documentation.

To download and install Office 365 ProPlus: Microsoft Student Advantage Program

Additionally STS can only provide support for United States, English language versions of operating systems and Office productivity suites.

For more information on the different versions of Windows visit Microsoft.
For more information on the different versions of Office visit Microsoft.

Anderson will provide

  • Sophos Anti-Virus
  • Course-Specific Software

Software for Anderson courses is ONLY compatible with Windows and Office for Windows.

Installation of the Windows OS on all Apple laptops is required prior to beginning laptop configuration. Students are responsible for this configuration. STS does not install operating systems on PC or Apple computers.

For more information on Boot Camp visit Apple - Boot Camp.
For more information on Parallels visit Parallels Desktop for Mac.
For more information on Fusion visit VMware Fusion.

Note: Anderson-provided software will be available for download during the online configuration process (June 2014).


STS will provide the following service to all currently enrolled UCLA Anderson full time MBA, FEMBA and EMBA students whose laptop meets the minimum hardware and software requirements:

  • Assistance with software installation, configuration and troubleshooting of Anderson supported applications and tools:
    • Wireless and wired connection, network drives and printers and Email.
    • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 & 8.1, Office 2010 & 2013 (32-bit only) and Anderson provided educational software.
  • Assistance with AndersoNET account issues (e.g. official name changes, year or program changes, password reset, access problems, etc.).
  • Assistance in diagnosing and troubleshooting hardware and software problems with your laptop on a best effort basis.
  • Virus and spyware removal and prevention.
  • Web, voicemail, email and in-person support service points.

STS will NOT provide the following service:

  • Data backup and retrieval (we can recommend data retrieval companies).
  • Hardware repair and depot (shipping and receiving) service.
  • Connectivity with home or work wired and wireless networks.
  • Support for third party peripherals (e.g. digital cameras, MP3 players, etc.).
  • Anderson Student Association (ASA) Portal issues (contact your section representative for assistance).
  • Support for Anderson alumni.

Should you have any questions regarding these requirements and recommendations, please contact the Student Technology Services office at 310-206-2045 (voicemail-only) or for further assistance.