MATLAB (Campus License)

Software Information

MATLAB is a software package used to perform a range of specific technical computing tasks, including matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, and the creation of user interfaces.

Available To:

Note: Use of this software is restricted to users with a primary affiliation of Student, Faculty, or Staff in the Tufts White Pages.


For use on an office or home computer

Tufts University has a MATLAB Campus License, which provides for installation of MATLAB software.

  • May reside on student’s personally owned computers
  • May reside on either an institutional computer or on a computer that is owned by a Tufts University faculty or staff member (an employee)
  • May only be used for pedagogical and for non-commercial research purposes

For use in computer labs or on the research cluster

The MATLAB Campus License also provides for installation of MATLAB software on all institutional computers.

  • Must be on an institutional computer. It is not available for use on personally-owned computers
  • May be used by Faculty and Staff, and by students working on institutional computers, such as in classrooms, libraries, or on computer labs.
  • Requires an active connection to the Tufts network either directly from an on-campus location or by using Tufts' VPN
  • May only be used for pedagogical and for non-commercial research purposes
Operating System: 
Benefits & Features: 

MATLAB is a tool for high-level numerical computation, visualization, and application development. It can be used to analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. Features of MATLAB include:

  • Consists of a base module and a wide array of toolboxes and add-on modules that include Simulink, Statistics, Signal Processing, Symbolic Math, and many more. The list of toolboxes can be found on the MathWorks website. Note that our license does not include some products that are specific to commercial customers (i.e. DO Qualification Kit, IEC Certification Kit).
  • Algorithms can be integrated with external applications and languages like C, Java, .NET, and Microsoft Excel.
  • Provides functions for algebra, statistics, Fourier analysis, filtering, optimization, numerical integration, and solving ordinary differential equations.

The MathWorks Campus License is available at no cost to current students, faculty, and staff.

Obtain Software: 

MATLAB is available via self-service installation by following the instructions below. For assistance, please contact the TTS Service Desk by calling 617-627-3376 or emailing

New install of MATLAB on your computer:

  1. Go to the Tufts MathWorks Login Page
  2. Log in with Tufts Username and Tufts Password
  3. You will be redirected to either create a MathWorks Account or to log in to your MathWorks account
  4. Create A MathWorks Account
    • Complete the requested fields in the Account Creation page (User ID is optional). Do not use your Tufts Password when creating a MathWorks account
    • Click Create
    • You will be redirected to the software download page
  5. Or log in to Your MathWorks Account. You will then be redirected to the software download page

For detailed instructions, see the MathWorks/MATLAB Quick Start Guide.

Reactivation (renewing an existing license)

If your MATLAB license has expired, you will need to update your license file.

  1. Open MATLAB (If the license has already expired the activation client will launch and you can skip the next step)
  2. Navigate to Help Menu > Licensing > Activate Software
  3. Choose to Activate using Internet
  4. During activation, you will be asked to log in with your MathWorks account credentials
  5. Next you will see the TAH license. After selecting the TAH license, a message will be presented with a Click here link that will redirect you to log in with your Tufts credentials
  6. After providing your Tufts credentials, continue the activation process
  7. Once reactivated, you will need to restart MATLAB for it to update.

To use MATLAB on the research cluster

  1. Request a cluster account by going to and completing and submitting a application form
  2. Call the TTS Service Desk or by email for an assessment of whether or not your computer’s display meets Matlab X-Windows support requirements. On occasion, the TTS Service Desk may need to make configuration changes for compatibility.

General information about using Tufts University’s High Performance Research Cluster can be found at


MATLAB Online Training

Access training for students, faculty, and staff on MATLAB features that can be used in many fields to increase productivity, support multi-disciplinary projects, and enhance student skills.

Online interactive courses through MATLAB Academy provide a comprehensive introduction to the MATLAB technical computing environment. Courses include demonstrations, exercises, and quizzes you can complete at your own pace.

Learn more about the MATLAB Academic Online Training Suite.


Call: 617-627-3376