The student must have a computer available with an Internet browser (ex. Internet Explorer, Mozilla or Safari, etc.) capable of accessing the Internet, an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and an email account. All courses offered will require the student to access the Internet and to communicate with the faculty over the “net” through either discussion forums, chat rooms or email. There may be need to have access to a fax machine for document transmission and a DVD/audio/video recorder/player as well. Students must have software available to them for word processing and spreadsheet use as well as a presentation program.

Students registering for PIMS Distance Education will be required to use Microsoft Office Suite of products including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint (versions 7.0 and above). These are the only products that are approved for use at PIMS Distance Education. Other forms of 3 software may not be compatible with software used by PIMS Distance Education faculty. If students need to purchase software, PIMS can provide for student purchases at greatly reduced rates.

PC Requirements

  • Windows 7 or later
  • Pentium processor or faster
  • At least 4 GB of RAM
  • At least 80 GB hard drive
  • High speed Internet connection
  • CD/DVD drive with sound
  • Printer
  • Microsoft Office Suite 7.0 or above
  • Web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or above/Chrome/ Firefox
  • An Internet Service Provider (ISP)

MAC Requirements

  • MacOS 10.0 or later
  • Power PC processor or faster
  • At least 1 GB of RAM
  • At least 128 GB hard drive
  • DVD drive with sound
  • Printer
  • Office Mac 2010 or above
  • Web browser such as Safari or above
  • An Internet Service Provider (ISP)

This equipment while it may be convenient to purchase, need not be purchased by the student. Public libraries provide equipment and Internet access for consumers at no cost. The following equipment will need to be accessible to any student who considers online education:

Equipment Approximate Cost
Personal computer with DVD $500.00
Printer $100.00
Microsoft Office (Student Edition) $150.00
Internet Service $20.00/month
Scanner (optional) $100.00