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MS-IDGH Student Laptop Requirements

All incoming students at Cummings School are required to have a laptop computer.  MS-IDGH students must have a PC and it is required that you have a computer running Windows 10 Professional because of compatibility issues with much of the software we use in this program. If you are purchasing the PC, we also recommend purchasing an extended warranty from the manufacturer to cover the cost of hardware repairs which may occur.

PC Laptops/Mobile Devices

Hardware Recommended for PC
Hard Drive 250GB or greater Solid-State Drive, or a 512GB hard drive
Memory 8Gb -16GB of RAM
Operating System Windows 10 Professional
Processor Intel i7 2.0Ghz
Screen 13"- 15”
Hardware Minimum for PC
Hard Drive 256 GB hard drive
Memory 4 Gb of RAM
Operating System Windows 10 Professional
Processor Intel i5 1.86Ghz
Screen 13”
Software Recommended for PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows Version 7 or 10 64 Bit (Creators update for Win 10 not supported)
Office Suite Microsoft Office 2010/2013/2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Anti-Virus Protection TrendMicro Antivirus


Mobile Phones/Tablets Android Tablet or Phone iPhone, iPad, or iPod
Operating System/iOS OS 9.0 OS 12.2

*When purchasing a new computer, Windows 10 is recommended; however, if you already have a computer with Windows 7, that is acceptable.

Mobile Devices Recommendations

Tufts strongly recommends that all students with mobile devices such as an Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch have the most recent operating system.  Please make sure your devices are set to be automatically updated by the vendor to ensure that your devices are always on the most current operating platform.

Security Recommendations

Tufts strongly recommends that students ensure their personal devices specifically laptops, tablets and phones have disk encryption toggled on.  For PC’s please to go Control Panel select All Control Panel Items and then select BitLocker Drive Encryption

For a Mac encryption (File Vault) please see go to the Apple menu then System Preferences, then click Security & Privacy.  Click the FileVault tab.  Click , then enter an administrator name and password.  Then Click to Turn On FileVault.

Things to Consider Regarding Security

  • Browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari should be set to automatically update which will ensure you have the latest patches for browsers
  • Tufts also recommends that students set their Screen Savers to the 10 – 15 minute setting on all their devices. It is also suggested that students consider purchasing a privacy screen for laptops and or tablets.
  • Make sure that passcodes and/or biometrics are enabled for devices to ensure data security.
  • Finally Tufts strongly encourages the use of YubiKey to protect your devices from unauthorized access. You can learn more about YubiKey at their website

Some additional Helpful Links 

Special Software Pricing

Tufts University has negotiated discounted prices with several vendors.  Please view the recommended hardware and software list before you make your purchase.  Check out Tufts on the hub for additional software and hardware options.

Laptop and Computer Services through Tufts

Tufts University offers services to graduate students on the Grafton campus such as Computer Purchase Consultations, Data Recovery, and Computer Donation and Recycling. Information can be found on the university’s 

Financial Aid

Students who will be seeking financial aid should be aware that the cost of a laptop computer, up to certain limits, can be added to the student's budget for purposes of computing financial aid under the guidelines of the U.S. Office of Education. If you have questions about the financial aid application process, please contact the Office of Financial Aid here or call 508-839-8733 for detailed information, before purchasing your laptop.