Suitability for Online Learning

As a successful distance learner you:

  • will be comfortable with technology
  • are able to commit approximately 15 hours of study time per week for each course
  • are able to work independently

Computer and Hardware Requirements

The following table provides details on the minimum computer hardware and software requirements for your system in order for you to utilize the technologies used within the Master of Counselling program. 

 PC WindowsMac OS XLinux
Processor1.4GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalentG4 processor, 1GHzPentium III, 1 GHz
RAM512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)

Web Camera


Most USB and integrated web camerasBuilt-in Apple iSight camera or external firewire cameraMost USB and integrated web cameras 



Recommend minimum $30 for reasonable quality. Should cover both ears and have an adjustable microphone.

Any PC compatible headset.  Mac users will utilize a USB headset.Any PC compatible headset. 
Operating system

Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista or Windows 7

Note: SP2 (Service Pack 2) is a free update needed to run web-conferencing

Mac OS X 10.4 or higherUbuntu10; Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) 4.x or 5.x; Novell SUSE® 9.x or 10.x
Web Browser


Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later; Mozilla Firefox 3 or later; Google ChromeSafari 2.x or higher
Firefox 2.x or higher 
Mozilla Firefox 3 or later


Video Conferencing System Requirements

We utilize Adobe Connect Pro, a web-based videoconferencing system, which requires a high-speed broadband connection with at least 128 kbps in upload speed.  Use of H.264 video requires Pentium IV 3.0 GHz, Dual Power PC or equivalent.  A web camera and headset are required accessories for this.  

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