Minimum Computing Requirements for Student Devices

All NDU students are required to have a Windows or MAC laptop. Tablets and Chrome OS are not adequate to complete the coursework required by NDU programs. NDU provides wireless access on campus to enable students to access NDU’s Online Courseware (Blackboard) and productivity applications (Office 365). Students are also required to have Internet access outside of school. All laptops must have a modern web browser, the ability to run web-based applications, and up-to-date antivirus protection.

The use of Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) is not possible. Neither NDU nor students have sufficient rights to configure or connect GFEs to NDU's network or to its online courseware

Although handheld mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are permissible in the NDU Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment, they are not adequate to complete the coursework required by NDU programs

Students must keep their devices updated in order to connect to NDU’s Academic Wireless network. NDU offers technical support for access to the BYOD network and online courseware at our Service Desk, in-depth technical support is not available  Warranty, security, insurance, and maintenance is the responsibility of the student.

NDU recommends that laptops meet the following minimum specifications:

 Minimum Laptop Specifications


Windows Laptop or Apple Notebook

Screen Size

13” or larger


Intel i3 or higher


8Gb or higher

Hard drive

128 GB or higher

Operating System

Windows 10 Home or Pro MacOS X 10.13 or newer

Battery life

8 hours or longer


802.11g/n/ac Dual-band wireless (2.4 & 5 GHz)

Productivity Tools

Microsoft Office; Adobe Acrobat Reader; and a modern, updated web browser.

Virus Protection

Symantec or Norton (Available via NDU’s Home use program)

Smart Card (CAC) Reader

While not required to access NDU courseware, a Smart Card (CAC) Reader is required to access restricted websites such as the Defense Travel System (DTS).

***JFSC STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: JCWS US students will need a CAC Reader to access FOUO reference material. Army JCWS students will need a CAC Reader to sign AERs generated at the completion of their training.

Audio/Video Capability

Devices must include a built-in or external High Definition (HD) webcam with a minimum resolution of 1280 x 720; a microphone, sound card and speakers (a noise-cancelling headset/microphone combination is recommended); and a video card and monitor (1024 x 768 or greater resolution).

Internet Connection

Students must ensure that they have access to a reliable, accessible, off-campus, high-speed internet connection with a recommended upload/download speed of 4 megabytes per second (Mbps) and a minimum of 2 Mbps. This speed is crucial to your timely ability to download reading assignments and upload completed course work. NOTE: The use of satellite, cellular, or public access internet connections may result in slowness or errors when accessing the classroom and course materials.