We’re committed to the academic success of our students, and there are many resources available to help enhance your academic journey here at Carleton.

Best of all, we are here to help you along the way!

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Getting Help

Graduate Supervisor

Janice Tibbetts
(613) 520-2600 x 7529

Graduate Administrator

Jena Lynde-Smith
(613) 520-2600 x 8466

Other Resources

Computer purchase recommendations

When on campus, you’ll work in our Mac-based Journalism labs. If you are planning to buy a new laptop for school, this does NOT mean you are required to have a Mac, although that’s our recommendation. If you prefer a PC, that’s fine, too.

For Mac users – we suggest you consider one of the several versions fo a MacBook Pro (Note: We strongly recommend that you do NOT purchase a MacBook Air). Here are the minimum specifications we recommend:

  • Intel 7th Generation i7 or newer CPU
  • MacOS v10.13 or later
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 4 GB GPU VRAM
  • 512 GB SSD hard drive
  • 1920×1080 monitor resolution or greater

For PC users – we suggest you check out Dell Latitude (Note: We strongly recommend that you do NOT purchase a Chromebook or other basic Web-based laptop). Here are the minimum specifications we recommend:

  • Intel 7th Generation i7 or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent
  • Windows 10 64-bit version 1809 or later
  • 16 GB RAM
  • 4 GB of GPU VRAM
  • 512 GB SSD hard drive
  • 1920×1080 monitor resolution or greater

For all MJ students – It is imperative that you have an external hard drive with a minimum of 1 TB of space to archive and back up your files. Computers sometimes crash and maintaining a proper backup of your system and project files will ensure you don’t have substantial data loss.

You will need an office software suite for your class assignments. You can use Microsoft Office 365 for PCs and Mac (It’s free for all Carleton students: https://carleton.ca/its/ms-offer-students/). You can also use the free OpenOffice apps. Each of these office suites will produce and read documents in the MS Word format, which is the word processing program used by the School.

We highly recommend that you have a USB flash drive (minimum 16 GB) for day-to-day file storage.

Also, purchasing a printer for home use if you don’t already have one is a good idea.

We recommend, but do not require, you obtain an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. This will give you access to all the latest Adobe applications for your computer and smartphone device, plus storage space in the Cloud. For more information: https://www.adobe.com/ca/creativecloud/buy/students.html