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MATLAB Licenses (Includes Simulink and Symbolic Math Toolbox)

MATLAB (matrix laboratory) is a numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language. Developed by MathWorks, MATLAB allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, creation of user interfaces, and interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, Java, and Fortran.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has a Total Academic Headcount (TAH) license for MATLAB, Simulink and companion toolboxes, which allows us to offer the product at a significantly reduced price. The TAH license covers on-campus and home software use as well as classroom and lab installations for all instructors, eligible staff, researchers, and students. 

The agreement is advantageous to the campus community as it includes MATLAB, Simulink, and 16 other toolboxes that do not come with a normal license. Note: Not for commercial use.

License Includes:

MATLAB Bioinformatics Toolbox Communications System Toolbox Control System Toolbox
Curve Fitting Toolbox Data Acquisition Toolbox DSP System Toolbox Image Processing Toolbox
Instrument Control Toolbox Optimization Toolbox Parallel Computing Toolbox Signal Processing Toolbox
SimMechanics Simscape Simulink Simulink Control Design
Stateflow Statistics Toolbox Symbolic Math Toolbox  

Note: If you need toolboxes that are not included in the TAH license, contact MathWorks directly to purchase them. MathWorks Contact: Alyssa Silverman at 508-647-4343 or

How to Obtain MATLAB

MATLAB is available for the use of all UMass Amherst faculty, staff and students at a 100% discount. To receive a MATLAB license:

  1. Visit the University of Massachusetts Amherst MATLAB Portal and click ‘Sign in to get started’
  2. Login with your University Credentials when prompted
  3. Create a MathWorks Account or Login to your Existing Account
  4. Click Download to complete the Installation

Terms & Conditions

  • A MATLAB license can be used for research and instruction.
  • Faculty & Staff: A MATLAB Designated Computer (stand alone) license entitles you to install on a university-owned device with a second copy allowed on a personal device owned by faculty or staff, but not on a student device.
  • Students: A MATLAB student trial membership entitles you to install on your personal device.

Note: Not for commercial use.

Download & Install MATLAB

  1. Check MATLAB's system requirements before downloading. 
  2. Once your payment is received you will get a confirmation email from MathWorks. In the email, click the link, log in with the temporary password provided, and then change your password. Note: If you already have an account with MathWorks, go to the site and log in with your current password.
  3. If you are unsure of your password, use the Forgot Password link.
  4. Once logged in to the MathWorks site, you will see the My Software page. Your license with the university is listed in the table in the middle of the page. Toward the right of that line, click the blue arrow, pointing down; this is the download link.
  5. On the Downloads page, click the blue button in the middle of the page to download the latest version. For an earlier version, select the version you need from the list on the right.
  6. This will open a screen with the choice to download the Windows, Mac or Linux version of the installer. Click on the appropriate link to choose the appropriate version for your computer. Your download will begin.
  7. Next, follow MathWorks Install Software Instructions.

Get Help

For license information, contact the Help Center at (413) 545-TECH (545-8324) or

For questions about MATLAB software or to add toolboxes, contact MathWorks directly. MathWorks Contact: Alyssa Silverman at 508-647-4343 or

For download & installation questions, contact the IT Help Center. UMass Amherst IT provides limited support for MATLAB and related products.

Need help using MATLAB? Try the MathWorks TAH Resource Kit.