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Computer System Requirements for Online Students

In order to take online classes at Metropolitan State University, you will need to have access to a computer with a connection to the internet. You do not need to own the computer, but you do need to be able to use it on a regular basis—enough so that you can do all the work that is required of your classes every week.

Your instructors may require you to submit assignments using software you do not have. Contact the IT department (651-793-1240) to find out about using Office 365 to access software such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. You can even install Office 365 on your mobile devices, though these are not always the best for completing schoolwork or accessing your online courses.

Not every computer will be adequate for your online learning needs. For example, a Chromebook or an iPad will not be sufficient to do all the work that may be expected from you. You can learn more details by visiting Minnesota State’s Computer System Requirements [www.minnstate.edu/online/computerreqs.html] page.

Brightspace Assistance

If you are having trouble finding access to Brightspace or would like help learning how to use the various functions of the learning environment (D2L), explore the links below:


If these resources don't address the issue you're experiencing, or you are having problems with:

  • Viewing Content
  • Quiz Attempts
  • Assignment Submissions
  • Discussion Posts


Please contact the Center for Online Learning at online.learning@metrostate.edu or by phone at 651-793-1650.

General Online Learning Resources