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

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.

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.

Pricing for July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020 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.

Standard suite configuration and add-on toolboxes

When you purchase a campus license, Columbia's current contract includes the following offerings. Faculty, academic staff, and students may purchase and maintain additional toolboxes for use with the Campus and Student options at

  • ​​​​​​Bioinformatics Toolbox 
  • Control System Toolbox 
  • Curve Fitting Toolbox 
  • DSP System Toolbox 
  • Data Acquisition Toolbox 
  • Image Processing Toolbox 
  • Instrument Control Toolbox 
  • Optimization Toolbox 
  • Parallel Computing Toolbox 
  • Signal Processing Toolbox 
  • Simscape 
  • Simscape Multibody 
  • Simulink 
  • Simulink Control Design 
  • Stateflow 
  • Statistics and Machine Learning Toolbox 
  • Symbolic Math Toolbox 
  • Aerospace Blockset 
  • Aerospace Toolbox 
  • Communications Toolbox 
  • Computer Vision Toolbox 
  • Database Toolbox 
  • Deep Learning Toolbox 
  • Econometrics Toolbox 
  • Embedded Coder 
  • Filter Design HDL Coder 
  • Financial Toolbox 
  • Fixed-Point Designer 
  • Fuzzy Logic Toolbox 
  • Global Optimization Toolbox 
  • Image Acquisition Toolbox 
  • HDL Coder 
  • HDL Verifier 
  • MATLAB Coder 
  • MATLAB Compiler 
  • MATLAB Compiler SDK 
  • Mapping Toolbox 
  • Partial Differential Equation Toolbox 
  • Phased Array System Toolbox 
  • RF Blockset 
  • RF Toolbox 
  • SimBiology 
  • SimEvents 
  • Simscape Electrical 
  • Simulink Coder 
  • Simulink Real-Time 
  • System Identification Toolbox 
  • Vision HDL Toolbox 
  • Wavelet Toolbox 

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.