General Information


MATLAB 2016 Licensing

The MATLAB Total Academic Headcount (TAH) campus-wide contract has been renewed for 2016.

Again this year, funding for the 1-year contract is being provided by the 8 Colleges and Organizations who make up the UCB Matlab Funding Consortium. As a result, IS&T will not be collecting funds from the individual licensees*.

(* Please note that the College of Chemistry and the College of Letters and Science will be conducting internal cost-recovery efforts, and that to achieve full cost recovery Faculty/Staff members of the 2 colleges will be required to provide COA information via the CoC/L&S License Request form.)

Additionally, Students voted last year to provide funding for the TAH Student Option. With the inclusion of the Student Option, Students who are not UCB employees are eligible to use MATLAB  for course work on their personally-owned devices.

License Categories and Types

MATLAB licenses are valid from the time of activation through the end of the License Cycle, Dec 31. Licenses must be renewed annually.

Individual Licenses – Individual licenses entitle the Named User to MATLAB and all of the toolboxes available through the UCB TAH agreement. One Individual license allows for the install of MATLAB on multiple systems for the exclusive use of the Named Individual.

Please note that individual licenses are associated with a person and not the computer on which the software is installed. In areas where a computer is shared, e.g. research labs, each person accessing Matlab on the shared machine must have a license to do so. In the current model, only classroom and instruction lab computers may be licensed per machine.

Individual Licenses are available in two types: Networked and Stand-alone. Networked licenses are recommended, but Stand-alone licenses are available for situations where network connectivity is unreliable. For instructions on setting up network licensed computers to use the Central License Server see this MATLAB Network License Activation FAQ.

Classroom Licenses – Classroom licenses are available for “use in on-campus instruction labs used solely for classroom instruction of students.” Classroom licenses are associated with computers and not individuals (machine licenses). Every classroom/instruction lab machine on which MATLAB is installed must have a license.

Purchasing a 2016 Matlab License

Faculty and Staff

Faculty/Staff may submit requests for MATLAB licenses using the 2016 UCB Matlab License Request - Faculty/Staff form. Students who are also employees of the University (GSI, GSR, etc.) and using Matlab for instruction or academic research should also use this form. You must be logged in to your UCB Google Apps (bCal, bDrive, bMail) account to access the form.

Faculty and Staff - College of Chemistry/Letters and Sciences

CoC and College of L&S Faculty and Staff should request Matlab by submitting the 2016 Matlab License Request - CoC/L&S form. You must be logged in to your UCB Google Apps (bCal, bDrive, bMail) account to access the form.


Students who are not also currently employed by the University may request MATLAB licensing for UCB-owned or personally-owned computers by submitting the 2016 UCB MATLAB License Request – Students form. You must be logged in to your UCB Google Apps (bCal, bDrive, bMail) account to access the form.

Departmental License Servers

Departments may choose to maintain their own license servers. Groups maintaining their own License Servers can indicate that preference in the license request form. Software Central will work with the department contact to activate the server for the 2016 cycle.




R2015b now available

The latest release of Mathworks' MATLAB software is R2015b. The Campus License Servers have been updated and now support R2015b. For information on what is new in the latest release visit the MATLAB Release Highlights page. For system requirements see this MATLAB System Requirements page.

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