Who Can Access This Software

Faculty, staff, and students


MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive computing environment that enables you to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran.

How to Access This Software

MATLAB is available for Mac OS X (10.7.4 and later) and Windows 64-bit systems (Windows Vista and later)

NOTE: The MATLAB program is very large and should only be downloaded using a high-speed Internet connection.

Downloading MATLAB

You can download the latest MATLAB software directly from the Mathworks website at www.mathworks.com/academia/tah-portal/university-of-southern-california-623588.html.

Please note that you will need to log into an existing MathWorks account associated with your USC NetID email address or create a new Mathworks account associated with your USC email in order to download software from the MathWorks site.

You can also access MATLAB training, MATLAB help, and MATLAB Cloud and Resources for Educators from that site.

Installing MATLAB

For instructions on installing this software, please see the Installation for End Users page on the MathWorks website.

NOTE: You will need to reactivate your MATLAB software license every year on January 31. Please see the Reactivating Your MATLAB License page on the ITS website for instructions on how to reactivate your software license.

How to Use MATLAB

For additional information on MATLAB, including installation instructions and the products and toolboxes included in your MATLAB download, see the MATLAB Answers website.

MathWorks Support for USC

  • For additional help with using MATLAB, contact the MathWorks team for USC:
    • To enquire about new product licensing or available training services, contact Kourtney Capretta, account manger, at kcaprett@mathworks.com
    • For support for teaching, research, online programs, industry relations, and special programs, Esperanza Linares, Customer Success Engineer, at elinares@mathworks.com

MATLAB in the USC Computing Centers

MATLAB is also available on computers located in the following USC Computing Centers:

  • Ahmanson Information Commons in Leavey Library (LVL Lower Level)
  • King Hall (KOH) 206
  • Waite Phillips Hall (WPH) B34

For information on accessing software in these USC Computing Centers, see itservices.usc.edu/spaces/computingcenters.

Remote Access through Cloudapps.usc.edu

This software is also available through ITS’s virtual desktop interface (VDI), cloudapps.usc.edu. For information on how to access applications through cloudapps.usc.edu, visit itservices.usc.edu/vdi.