On Campus

We want to provide reliable access to all Maranatha services for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. These computer configurations, or “technical specs,” are recommended for accessing Maranatha resources. Consider these guidelines when purchasing a new system, as well as when bringing your own computer to campus.

Buying a Computer

When purchasing a new computer, there are a number of options to consider:

  • Your price range
  • Do you want a laptop or desktop system?
  • Are you in the market for an Apple or Windows-based computer?

We have suggestions that can be applied in different ways based on your answers to the above questions.

Laptop or Desktop?

When deciding between purchasing a desktop or a laptop, a few things to consider are:

Laptop Desktop
Price More Expensive Less Expensive
Portable Yes No
Expansion Not always possible Easy
Gaming/Graphics Superior Video and Audio

Apple or Windows?

Maranatha IT supports both Windows and Mac computers. Some classes, however, require Windows-only applications. You can use one of Maranatha’s many lab computers or we can help you set up an application that will enable you to run Windows programs on your Mac.

Microsoft Office?

All computers at Maranatha have Microsoft Office installed, but most students also want a copy for their personal computers. Students can install Office for free by logging in at https://portal.office.com with their MBU credentials (username@mbu.edu & Maranatha password).

What about tablets?

Apple iPad/Google Android tablets and other light-use portable computing devices are supported by Maranatha. However, we do not recommend this type of tablet as your primary personal computer unless you plan to use the computer labs for your homework and assignments.

Suggestions for New Computers

Windows Computer
Apple Computer
Operating System
Windows 10
MacOS (latest)
Processor Speed
Intel Core i-series or equivalent
Hard Drive
120 GB or larger
Wireless (Laptop)
Any card that supports 802.11n protocols and WPA2
Monitor (Desktop) 19" - 24" LCD monitor
Screen Size (Laptop)
11" - 17" (screen size can impact cost and weight)


These are the recommended Maranatha IT specifications for all students taking online courses using the MyMaranatha system.

Operating System (any of the following):

  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
  • MacOS Yosemite or higher
  • However, Maranatha IT offers support for all operating systems as much as it is within our ability to do so

Security Software

  • Virus protection software

Internet Browser (any of the following)

  • Mozilla Firefox (recommended)
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer