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IBM SPSS Statistics 22 Premium Site License

IBM SPSS Statistics 22 Premium for Windows, Mac OS and Linux can be licensed at reduced cost from IT through the University of Massachusetts site license. The license is only valid for faculty and staff at the Amherst campus. Site licenses require an initial fee and an annual renewal fee due in June. For current pricing, see ITs Site License information page. If you wish to test the software, you can use it for 14-days before you get the license.

For students, IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows or Macintosh is available with 6 or 12 month software license through OnTheHub. Students can get SPSS Statistics Base GradPack, SPSS Statistics Standard GradPack, which includes the Advanced Statistics and Regression modules, or SPSS Statistics Premium GradPack, with many more statistical modules. The Premium Grad Pack is very similar to IT's site license but is limited to student purchase.

System Requirements for IBM SPSS Statistics 22

Licensing IBM SPSS Statistics

Please contact the UMass IT Help Center at 545-9730,, or stop by A109 LGRC (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.).

When you license IBM SPSS Statistics from IT, you will receive an "authorization code" that enables installation on as many machines as you have licensed. During installation you will use your authorization code to contact IBM to activate your license(s). Each license is "locked" to a machine and operating system. You can re-install the software on the same machine/operating system, provided you save your existing license. Your authorization code will not work for re-licensing.

What's Included

IBM SPSS Statistics Premium license includes the following modules:

  • IBM SPSS Base
  • IBM SPSS Advanced Statistics
  • IBM SPSS Regression
  • IBM SPSS Bootstrapping
  • IBM SPSS Categories
  • IBM SPSS Complex Samples
  • IBM SPSS Conjoint
  • IBM SPSS Custom Tables
  • IBM SPSS Data Preparation
  • IBM SPSS Decision Trees
  • IBM SPSS Direct Marketing
  • IBM SPSS Exact Tests
  • IBM SPSS Forecasting
  • IBM SPSS Missing Values
  • IBM SPSS Neural Networks

Three additional products are available by request, for Windows only (no additional cost)

  • AMOS
  • SamplePower
  • Visualization Designer

Download, Installation, and License Renewal Instructions for Windows

Earlier releases, Maintenance (Windows)

Download, Installation, and License Renewal Instructions for Mac OS

Download, Installation, and License Renewal Instructions for Linux

Upgrade from older license

If you have IBM SPSS Statistics 22 licensed from IT, you can upgrade to the Premium license at any time by paying the difference between the cost of the new license and what you already paid for your current license. Contact IT Help Center at, 545-9730 or stop by A109 LGRC. You do not need to re-install the software. Just start the SPSS License Wizard and enter your new authorization code to activate the additional modules included in the Premium license. When your current license expires, you will be required to upgrade to the Premium license.

Upgrade from earlier releases

Current SPSS licenses are paid up through June 30. When you pay your annual renewal fee, you must upgrade to IBM SPSS Statistics Premium. Your new authorization code will be for IBM SPSS Statistics 22 Premium.

Technical Support and Consulting

IT provides technical support for installation and license renewal only, not for software usage. We can only provide support if you've registered for a license with IT Help Center, 545-9730,, and have received your IBM SPSS Statistics Premium authorization code. Requests for support must include your full name and come from your official UMASS email address. Contact Eva Goldwater, 413-545-2949. Consulting on software usage and statistical questions is available through the Biostatistics Consulting Center.

Compatibility with earlier releases

Unicode encoding is the default mode starting with SPSS version 21 and later. This affects the width of string variables. Data files saved in Unicode encoding cannot be read by versions of SPSS Statistics prior to 16.0. For information on switching to the traditional code page mode, See Help → Topics.  Type “Unicode encoding” in the search box.

IBM SPSS Statistics 22 Output documents (*.spv) cannot be read by SPSS 15 or earlier releases, and Output documents saved by SPSS 15 or earlier releases (*.spo) cannot be read by SPSS 16 or later. Download and install SPSS Legacy Viewer (aka SmartViewer 15) for reading output files from SPSS 15 or earlier.

IBM SPSS Statistics 22 can read data files (*.sav) and syntax files (*.sps), from earlier releases. IBM SPSS Statistics 22 Syntax (*.sps) files can be used with earlier releases, provided they don't use features introduced in a later release. IBM Statistics 22 data files (*.sav) have to be saved in traditional code page mode in order to use with versions earlier than SPSS 16.0

Interactive Graph (IGRAPH) is being phased out gradually. The user interface is no longer be available. Saved IGRAPH syntax still runs, but no longer looks the same. In a (unspecified) future release, IGRAPH syntax will no longer work.  Save your IGRAPH syntax and run it through the syntax converter, which will convert the IGRAPH syntax to GGRAPH syntax, to prepare for future upgrades. Replacement of IGraph engine has changed the behavior of some IGraph features. Go to Help → Topics, type "Syntax Converter"into the Search box for more information.

SPSS Production Facility jobs (*.spp) created in SPSS 15 or earlier releases must be converted to version 16 and later (*.spj) format.  A conversion utility is available to do this.

TableLooks created in SPSS 15.0 or earlier versions cannot be used in SPSS 16.0 or later versions.

SPSS Tables Original (Basic Tables, General Tables, Multiple Response Tables, Tables of Frequencies) user interface is no longer available. Although your existing TABLES syntax should continue to work, TABLES syntax is no longer supported. Convert your TABLES syntax to CTABLES syntax using the syntax converter. Go to Help → Topics, type "Syntax Converter"into the Search box for more information.

Draft Viewer is no longer supported. There are two alternatives for creating text output similar to the Draft Viewer.  You can Export viewer output with  text options, or use the Output Management System (OMS).

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