General information

Computing & Online Services

Computer Requirements

A laptop computer is required. To ensure complete compatibility with the wireless network and print services at the GSM, it is recommended that you own one less than three years old or purchase a new Dell Latitude series laptop. Educational discounts on Dell laptops are available from the UC Davis Bookstore Techhub shop at

You must have access to a Microsoft Windows environment and Microsoft Office for Windows. You must have full system administrator privileges on your computer. Mac owners must use Bootcamp, VMWare Fusion, or Parallels in order to run Windows and Microsoft Office for Windows.

Antivirus software is required on all computers when using the campus network.  Microsoft Security Essentials is recommended for Windows and Sophos is recommended for Macs.

Activating Your UC Davis Account and Email (After Enrolling)

You can only activate your UC Davis computing account after you enroll in your program via the UC Davis website ( to obtain a Kerberos log in/password and Mail ID. You need these three items to access online services provided by UC Davis (e.g., registration, career development tools, etc.). After you create your Campus Login ID, the GSM provides an additional computing account specific to GSM network resources. More detailed information is provided during Orientation.


As a UC Davis MPAc or MBA student, you have access to the following services:

  • Wireless network access.
  • Personal UC Davis email account.
  • Dedicated printers in the building.
  • Special course software.
  • Other software available through UC Davis, either free or at a discount.


The UC Davis Student Computing Guide at and Help and Training at provide computing support information. Campus IET Help Desk technicians are available at (530) 754-HELP (754-4357) Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can also e-mail them anytime at

Additionally, the Graduate School of Management has IT specialists who support the students, staff and faculty. They can be reached at (530) 752-4660 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also e-mail them at