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Alden March Bioethics Institute

Technical Requirements


You will need to have access to a computer which has access to the Internet.  While a high speed connection to the Internet is not required, you may want to consider adding it to improve your Internet speed connection.

PC requirements

  • Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Internet Explorer 8.0 (or above) - or - Firefox 3.0 (or above)
  • Virus protection on your computer
  • Ability to download programs
  • Minimum of 1GB ram
  • Internet connectivity (56K or higher)
  • Email capabilities
  • Word Processing Program
  • iTunes

 Mac requirements

  • Intel or PPC processor (or higher)
  • Mac OS 10.1 (or above)
  • Safari - or - Firefox 3.0 (or above)
  • Virus protection on your computer
  • Ability to download programs
  • Minimum of 1GB ram
  • Internet connectivity (56K or higher)
  • Email capabilities
  • Word Processing Program
  • iTunes

Computer Skills Prerequisites

In order to successfully participate in the AMBI Online MS in Bioethics or the Online Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ethics Program, we strongly recommend the following skills:

  • Basic understanding of computer usage, including keyboard, mouse, CD player, printer and modem and either computer operating system (Windows/Mac OS)
  • Word processing to create, format, edit, spell check, save, print and retrieve a document, to cut, copy and paste information within and between documents
  • Accessing the Internet via dial-up modem, DSL, cable modem or a network interface
  • Configuring and use a Web browser to open, print and/or save Web pages to a local disk drive
  • Opening and saving Adobe Acrobat files (PDF files)
  • Using a search engine's basic features to find information on the Web
  • Downloading and installing programs from remote server web sites
  • Using an e-mail client (program) such as Hotmail, Yahoo, GMail, Outlook, or other to:
    • Send, receive, store and retrieve messages
    • Send, receive and open file attachments
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