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Students currently registered for classes, or faculty members currently teaching classes, are eligible for access to the MSDNAA (Microsoft Dreamspark) and VMware software programs.  Click the links below for more information about these programs.


Minimum Technical Requirements:

Component Type

PC (Windows OS)

Apple (Mac OS)

Operating System

Windows 7 or newer

Mac OS X Lion (10.7) or newer

Memory (RAM)

4 GB or higher

4 GB or higher

Hard Drive

80 GB or higher

80 GB or higher

Office Suite

Microsoft Office 2013

Office for Mac 2011

Antivirus Software

Strongly recommended for everyone

Strongly recommended for everyone


802.11n or better

802.11n or better


  • Important Notes:
    • A Chromebook (Chrome OS), iPad (iOS), and Microsoft Surface RT do not meet the minimum requirements for coursework at Baker College. These offer limited functionality and do not work with some course technologies. They are not acceptable as the only device for your coursework. While these devices are convenient and may be utilized for some course functions, they cannot be your primary device.
    • Blackboard supports multiple Internet browsers. Please check the appropriate area on the Baker College My Help site to verify your browser is compatible!
  • Individual courses may have additional requirements. Please check the Baker College bookstore for specific curriculum / course requirements.
  • Office 365 for Education is available free of charge to all Baker College students and faculty. Please visit the Baker College My Help site for details.
  • Optional Accessories:
    • Many laptops on the market today do not include CD / DVD drives. While some courses do not utilize CD / DVD content, this is a good accessory to have and is strongly recommended.
    • A webcam is recommended for all users, however, may be required for select courses. Please check the Baker College bookstore for additional details.