PC Requirements for Distance Learners

Mother Board and Processor
Intel, AMD or Celeron 1.8GHz Processor

NOTE: MAC is currently not completely supported for use in online distance learning classes.

Operating System

  • Genuine Windows® XP Professional, SP3, x32, with Media, English
  • Vista
  • Microsoft 7


  • 2-Gig SDRAM (XP)
  • 3-Gig SDRAM (Vista)
  • 4-Gig SDRAM (Microsoft 7)

Video Card
Intel, ATI Radeon, Nvidia, with 128Mb SVRAM on the video card itself.

Hard Drives
80GB SATA and 8MB DataBurst Cache


Additional A/V
Stereo Head Phones with a built in Microphone.
2 USB connections

Additional PC Hardware
Ethernet 10/100 Network jack

DSL / Cable Modem with 384 Down speed and 256 Up speed. (Check with your cable or DSL provider to what in available in your area.) (56K Modem will not be a fast enough connection.)


  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Windows Media Player 10
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader

What Students Say about Distance Learning

"One of the primary reasons I decided to pursue my masters degree at Ashland was the option of taking some classes either all online or partially online. It is important for me to finish my degree in a timely fashion and Ashland's program has allowed me to do this. Being an international teacher and administrator I wanted a program where I could take classes in the summer and be able to take a class or two during the fall and spring semester all which is available at Ashland."

Blake Little