General Information


MATLAB 2019 Licensing

Updated January 2019

UC Berkeley has renewed our campus-wide contract with MATLAB for 2019. The new Total Academic Headcount (TAH) license includes the latest release of MATLAB software R2019a (and previous versions), Simulink, and the full suite of 86 Toolboxes currently offered by MathWorks.

How to obtain a 2019 MATLAB License

The MATLAB Funding Consortium* and Student Technology Fee funds the 1-year campus-wide license for 2019.  

Attention College of Chemistry and the College of Letters and Science faculty and staff

*Note: The Consortium includes several Colleges and Departments who underwrite a portion of license costs.  The College of Chemistry and College of Letters & Science collect license costs from individual or group users.  Faculty and Staff members (including Students using Matlab as employees of the university) from CoC and L&S who obtain a Matlab license will be contacted to provide a chartstring for these charges. 

The per license cost is

College of Chemistry - $130 per license
College of Letters and Sciences - $100 per license

Individual Licenses

An Individual License should be used to install and/or access Matlab on personally-owned and university-owned devices INCLUDING computers used in Shared-Use environments e.g. Labs.

Install an Individual License from the MATLAB Portal


  1. Launch Matlab
  2. Click on Help
  3. Click on Licensing
  4. Select Activate Software

Classroom - Concurrent Licenses

Classroom - Concurrent Licenses are available for all UCB-owned, shared-environment computers used in classroom/instruction lab machines for Student instruction. Classroom licenses are per-machine. Each machine on which MATLAB has been installed must have its own license.

Request license: 2019 Classroom License Request Form.

Non-networked Computer Licenses

A Non-networked Computer License should be used for

  • single, off-line computers that cannot connect to the internet to download and activate Matlab software

A license must be requested for every person accessing the software on the off-line device. Non-networked Computer licenses should NOT be used for computers used exclusively by one individual (See Individual Licenses above).

Install MATLAB on off-line computers:

Request license: 2019 Non-networked Computer Request Form.

Departmental License Servers

The Campus License Servers have been updated and currently support versions up to and including R2019a.

Departments may choose to maintain their own license servers. Groups maintaining their own License Servers can indicate that preference in the Classroom license request form. Software Central will work with the department contact to activate the server for the 2019 cycle.

Request license: 2019 Classroom License Request Form.

For instructions on setting up network licensed computers to use the Central License Server see this MATLAB Network License Activation FAQ.


For step-by-step instructions refer to the Quick Start TAH License Guide.

MATLAB Academy

The MATLAB Academy offers UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students enterprise-level, on-demand, self-paced training. Get started with Matlab Academy by logging in with your MathWorks account.

Additional Resources


The MATLAB Portal includes a Help section where you can directly submit support tickets or search Knowledge Base articles. For licensing questions, including eligibility, contact


Vendor: The Mathworks, Inc.
Categories: Scientific, Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics
Available Platforms: Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, iPhone