Matlab is a high-level technical computing language and interactive environment for algorithm development, data visualization, data analysis, and numeric computation.

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You can use Matlab in a wide range of applications, including signal and image processing, communications, control design, test and measurement, financial modeling and analysis, and computational biology. Add-on toolboxes extend the Matlab environment to solve particular classes of problems in these application areas. View a full list of MATLAB products and applications available via Columbia's license.

Clients purchasing Matlab are responsible for the installation and correct use of the product, as well as understanding hardware and operating system requirements. Columbia students have free access to Matlab via the Student Matlab Portal.


You can build your MATLAB and Simulink skills through Columbia's free access to MathWorks' Online Training.

  • Learn at your own pace
  • Receive instant feedback
  • Share progress reports and course certificates

Some course options include:

  • Onramp courses cover the basics of MATLAB and Simulink.
  • MATLAB Fundamentals provides a comprehensive introduction to common features.
  • Computational math courses use MATLAB to combine math applications with computing technologies.
  • Additional courses span a range of contemporary and advanced topics:
  • Deep learning  
  • Machine learning
  • Data visualization
  • Programming techniques
  • Financial applications

Pricing for July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 validation period

  • The price is fixed and cannot be pro-rated.
  • One license is the equivalent of either one computer (laptop, desktop) or a single Unix processor.
  • Licenses are valid for a 1 year period: July 1 through June 30. Software will not run after the license expires.
  • To get the best possible results and avoid any risk of downtime, please be sure to purchase a renewal at least one month before your license expires.

Matlab liasions

This table contains a list of liaisons for the departments who purchase Matlab through Columbia University. If you don't see your department listed, please submit a ticket with your ARC Chartstring, the number of licenses you need, and the Columbia email address(s) to be associated with the licenses.