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MATLAB software, training and support are free for UCSF faculty and students for one year. Learn more about obtaining MATLAB in the MATLAB portal for UCSF on the MathWorks website.


MATLAB Access for Everyone at UCSF

UCSF has a Total Academic Headcount (TAH) license allowing campus-wide access to MATLAB, Simulink and a variety of add-on products. All faculty, researchers and students can use MATLAB on their personal computers and laptops.

MATLAB is the world’s leading computational platform for engineering, scientific and mathematical applications. A fundamental tool for research and development used throughout many industries, MATLAB enables the design and development of a wide range of advanced products and systems including automotive systems, aerospace flight control and avionics, telecommunications, industrial machinery and medical devices. More than 5,000 colleges and universities around the world use MATLAB for teaching and research in a broad range of technical disciplines.

Note: UCSF units handling sensitive data should not use the cloud-based MATLAB (yet)​.


  • Data Analysis - Explore, model, and analyze data
  • Graphics - Visualize and explore data
  • Hardware - Connect MATLAB to hardware
  • Programming - Create scripts, functions, and classes


MATLAB support is provided free by MathWorks. See the MATLAB Help section of the MATLAB portal for UCSF for more information.

Note: MATLAB is not supported by the UCSF IT Service Desk or by UCSF IT Field Services.


For more information about MATLAB and free training resources provided by MathWorks, visit the MATLAB Training Page