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MATLAB: Faculty and Staff Licenses


IS&T maintains a large pool of MATLAB licenses and leases those to MIT departments, labs and centers on an annual basis for a fee. The program is designed to leverage volume purchasing discounts from MathWorks and provides flexibility to choose the licenses needed for individuals and groups. Through this program, IS&T is able to save MIT both time and money.

Students have access through the Student MATLAB program.

About MathWorks activation

Activation verifies licensed use of MathWorks products. 

  • When you receive email confirmation that your order has been processed, your standalone license(s) will be available to be downloaded and activated directly from the MathWorks site.
  • If you have not already done so, you will need to create an account on the MathWorks site with your MIT email.
  • Download the software from MathWorks.

Learn more about MathWorks activation.


Through MIT's volume license purchase IS&T offers you significant savings over purchasing directly from MathWorks.

MIT faculty/staff

MATLAB can be licensed in two forms, either on a standalone basis or for concurrent usage.

  • The license agreement with MathWorks limits usage to MIT-owned equipment, or a personal machine to be used for academic purposes only.
  • You cannot combine licenses on one machine, meaning that you cannot have a concurrent license configured on a laptop that also needs to have a standalone client.

Ordering or changing your MATLAB license

Standalone MATLAB
A standalone license allows one machine to run MATLAB and the licensed toolboxes without any additional requirements for a single user at a time. 

  • This is the most common license type used at MIT
  • The license is intended for use on one machine only for a single user at a time
    • It is a violation of MIT's agreement to use your standalone license on more machines than you ordered licenses for.

Standalone MATLAB order form 

(Orders take 3-5 business days to process.)

Concurrent MATLAB
A concurrent license can be used by multiple people to share a pool of licenses (e.g., 15 people may share 5 licenses, but only 5 simultaneous usages can occur).

  • In order to utilize a concurrent license, you will need to run a license server
  • The client machine will need a network connection to communicate with and access the license server

Purchase your annual concurrent license using this form:

Concurrent MATLAB order form

(Orders take 5-10 business days to process.)

Modifying your existing concurrent license:

Toolboxes included in your MIT license
  • Simulink
  • Aerospace Blockset
  • Aerospace Toolbox
  • Bioinformatics Toolbox
  • Communication Systems Toolbox
  • Computer Vision System Toolbox
  • Control System Toolbox
  • Curve Fitting Toolbox
  • Data Acquisition Toolbox
  • Database Toolbox
  • Datafeed Toolbox
  • DSP System Toolbox
  • Econometrics Toolbox 
  • Embedded Coder
  • Filter Design HDL Coder
  • Financial Instrument Toolbox
  • Financial Toolbox
  • Fixed-Point Designer
  • Fuzzy Logic Toolbox
  • Gauges Blockset
  • Global Optimization Toolbox
  • HDL Coder
  • Image Acquisition Toolbox
  • Image Processing Toolbox
  • Instrument Control Toolbox
  • LTE System Toolbox
  • Mapping Toolbox
  • MATLAB Builder EX
  • MATLAB Builder JA
  • MATLAB Builder NE
  • MATLAB Coder
  • MATLAB Compiler
  • MATLAB Report Generator
  • Model Predictive Control Toolbox
  • Model-Based Calibration Toolbox
  • Neural Network Toolbox
  • Optimization Toolbox
  • Parallel Computing Toolbox
  • Partial Differential Equation Toolbox
  • Real-Time Windows Target
  • RF Toolbox
  • Robust Control Toolbox
  • Signal Processing Toolbox
  • SimBiology
  • SimDriveline
  • SimElectronics
  • SimEvents
  • SimHydraulics
  • SimMechanics
  • SimPowerSystems
  • SimScape
  • Simulink 3D Animation
  • Simulink Coder
  • Simulink Control Design
  • Simulink Design Optimization
  • Simulink Real-Time
  • Simulink Report Generator
  • Simulink Verification and Validation
  • Spreadsheet Link EX
  • Stateflow
  • Statistics Toolbox
  • Symbolic Math Toolbox
  • System Identification Toolbox
  • Trading Toolbox
  • Vehicle Network Toolbox
  • Wavelet Toolbox

License eligibility

  • The license negotiated with MathWorks enables IS&T to distribute licenses for equipment that is used for academic and teaching purposes by MIT faculty and staff
  • Concurrent license servers may provide shared licenses for non-MIT-owned equipment
  • Lincoln Lab and MIT Investment Company employees are not allowed to use MATLAB under this license agreement