Technology Standards


City University of Seattle is a computing-intensive institution and requires every student to own or have consistent access to a computer. To ensure success, students should be proficient using email, the internet, and Microsoft Office productivity software.


A computer purchased in the last 3 years is recommended. The computer should have the following, at minimum:

  • 4GB memory
  • 2GHz processor
  • 300GB hard drive
  • A sound card, speakers, and microphone are highly recommended as students will be required to watch and listen to course content and may be required to present virtually. Headsets and webcams are strongly encouraged.
  • High speed Internet access strongly recommended (DSL, Cable modem, WiFi, WiMax, etc.)


  • Windows 10 or MAC OS X 10.9 operating system or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher (for discounted purchase options, see Microsoft Software and Training)
  • Web browser (Chrome is recommended)
  • Adobe Reader (most current version)
  • Java (most current version)
  • Media player (e.g. VLC, QuickTime, WMV)
  • Administrative control of computer to enable updates to software and/or installation of new software

See complete Computer, Internet Access, and Email Account Requirement policy in University Catalog (p. 34)

Data Contingency Plan

Students are expected to have a technology contingency plan should an unforeseen event render their primary equipment and/or files inaccessible (computer failure or loss, software failure, etc.). Such events are not an excuse for absence or late work, unless approved by the student’s instructor. Students should identify back-up equipment that meets the minimum requirements for their courses, such as a CityU computer lab, a local library lab, or a relative’s equipment.

Students are responsible for file backup* of all work and any course content they wish to save after a course is removed from Blackboard (45 days after the end date of the course). Cloud storage or an external hard drive/jump drive are methods for file backup.

City University provides the following Cloud storage resources while a student is actively enrolled in a course and for 4 terms following their last term of enrollment:

CityU is not responsible for file backups after a student’s CityU account has been deactivated (4 terms after active enrollment). Student may use other publicly available back-up solutions. Students are advised to review the user guidelines for any back-up tool they choose to use.

*Backup: Copying or archiving files and folders in 1 or more additional locations for the purpose of being able to restore them in case of data loss. Files saved to a computer’s hard drive are not backed up.

Additional Technology Requirements by Program

  • School of Technology & Computing Standards
  • All Project Management and MBA in Project Management courses provide students with a MS Project license through OnTheHub for use while enrolled in CityU courses.
  • Ed.D. in Leadership and Canadian Counselling Programs require students to be able to record video, perform basic video editing, and submit video to faculty in an accessible format.

Technology provided at most CityU campuses with lab facilities

Please contact your advisor with questions.

  • Classroom access to standard presentation technologies to connect laptops and to project on screen
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Desktop computer labs with the following applications:
  • Windows 10
  • Office Pro Plus
  • Project Pro 2019
  • Visio 2019
  • Web browsers Edge and Chrome
  • Audacity
  • VLC Media Player

Technology available to check out at the CityU Library (Seattle location)

  • Headsets
  • Microphones
  • Webcams
  • Presentation remotes
  • Phone charging cables
  • Lighting-HDMI adapter cables for Mac laptops

Technology available in CityU Library rooms

  • Group study rooms
    • Edmonds & Overlake: PC, flat screen monitor, laptop connections
  • Recording Room A: PC (Windows 10) optimized for video editing and other visual or memory-intensive tasks
    • Movie Maker for basic video editing
    • Screencast-o-Matic for screencast and screen capture
    • Two available wall-mounted backdrops for video creation
    • Webcam + tabletop microphone/speaker
    • Adjustable-height desk
  • Recording Room B: PC (Windows 10) optimized for video editing and other visual or memory-intensive tasks
    • Movie Maker for basic video editing
    • Articulate Storyline for creating interactive tutorials and e-learning/training videos
    • Screencast-o-Matic for screencast and screen capture
    • Webcam/mic + speakers
    • Adjustable-height desk