UMD ITSS, in coordination with CAHSS, CEHSP, and LSBE, has purchased an extended SPSS license that covers students and faculty in these four units.  If you are a student or faculty member in UMD CAHSS, CEHSP or LSBE, you can download SPSS from the ITSS-managed web site at no cost.


  • The software under our contract must be used for Teaching, Learning or Research. Administrative use requires a unique license purchase - contact IT@UMN for assistance.
  • Students and faculty in other UMD units (i.e., SCSE, Med, Pharm) will need to purchase SPSS directly from the Twin Cities OIT or the vendor.

Downloading SPSS

For eligible CEHSP / CAHSS / LSBE students, faculty and staff:

  1. Uninstall any previous versions of SPSS on your computer.
  2. Go to UMD SPSS Software to download the software. If the site informs you that you are not eligible to download, see the section above on Cost and Availability.
  3. On the "Select Operating System" page, select the version of SPSS you need and then click the Submit button.
  4. On the "Downloading" page, select "Click here to download…" link. Save the installer to your computer. Note the name and location of the saved file.
  5. After you have successfully downloaded SPSS, check your email for a message from "[email protected]." This email will contain the Authorization Code you will need.

Installing SPSS

  1. Launch the SPSS installation file that you downloaded.
    • Mac: Open the SPSS.dmg file that you downloaded. This will mount an "SPSSStatistics" drive image on the desktop. Within SPSSStatistics, find and launch SPSS_Statistics_Installer.
    • Windows: Run the SPSS_winxx.exe file you downloaded.
  2. Accept the license terms.
  3. You have an option to select IBM SPSS Statistics - Essentials for Python. Select if needed.
  4. Agree to license terms for Python and SPSS if requested.
  5. Destination Folder:
    • Mac: select "Restore Default Folder" to use the default SPSS folder locations.
    • Windows: Select "Next" to accept the default SPSS folder locations
  6. Select Install to start installation.
  7. When installation completes, select Start License Authorization Wizard, and then Finish (Windows) or Done (Mac).
  8. If you start SPSS before entering your authorization code, SPSS will request license information. Under "Already purchased IBM SPSS Statistics?" select License Product. This will open the SPSS License Wizard.
  9. The License Wizard may show that you have a temporary license expiring soon, or SPSS may present other license error message. Select Next to continue with licensing.
    Note: At this point, to license SPSS, Mac users may be prompted to log out and log back in using an administrator-level account. Log in as requested, and start SPSS.
  10. On the Product Authorization screen, select Authorized user license.
  11. Enter the Authorization Code. This is the 20-character code that you received by email when you downloaded SPSS.
  12. An Internet Authorization Status window should show that authorization was successful, and a Licensing Completed dialog will summarize features installed and expiration dates.
  13. Select Finish to complete installation.
  14. To start SPSS, look for IBM in the Applications Folder (Mac) or the Start Menu (Windows).

Where can I get help?

For questions or problems downloading or installing SPSS contact:

ITSS TechCenter Help Desk at:

For questions about performing a particular task or analysis in SPSS consult:

IBM SPSS Support