ISSR Computing Services

In our digitized and data-rich world, the sophisticated use of computational resources is ubiquitous in both qualitative and quantitative social science research methods. The Institute for Social Science Research supports excellence in social science research by providing extensive access to and training in state-of-the-art computing resources.

Our lab of 12 computers is available for use during consulting hours or by appointment in E22 Machmer Hall. The computers are pre-loaded with popular software platforms including:


  • Adobe Professional
  • ArcGIS/Geoda
  • Microsoft Office
  • NVivo
  • R
  • Stata
  • SAS
  • SPSS

Selected software licenses at no charge for members of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Training Workshops and year-round Consultion Services for the most commonly-used methods and software platforms in social science research 

Computational Social Science and ISSR

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a global leader in the emerging cross-disciplinary field of computational social science, a methods-intensive field of research that finds application in every corner of the social sciences. The efforts of the UMass Computational Social Science Initiative complements ISSR, and the two entities work closely together to sponsor events and offer instruction in cutting-edge computational research methods.

Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center and ISSR

The Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) is a data center dedicated to supporting the growing research computing needs of five of the most research-intensive universities in Massachusetts, including UMass-Amherst. One of ISSR’s primary objectives in computing services is to facilitate the use of MGHPCC by social science researchers at UMass through workshops and making computing resources available.

Campus-wide Computing Support

UMass' Information Technology (IT) maintains a list of its supported software.and computer classrooms on campus, as well as guidelines for reserving and using the rooms for instructional purposes.