SPSS for Departments, Faculty, and Staff

Product Information

  • License Period: August 1, 2023 - July 31, 2024
  • Cost: $115 per single machine SPSS license. $265 per concurrent SPSS license.
  • Current Version: 29
  • Restrictions: For U of T departments, faculty, and staff use on U of T owned or leased workstations and home workstations for academic use. The software can be installed on a single workstation.
  • License Type: Annual Subscription.
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows (32/64bit), Linux, and Mac.
    • System Requirements for SPSS for Mac:
      • SPSS 29 is supported on 10.13 to 14.0.
      • SPSS 28 is supported on 10.13 to 12.0.
      • SPSS 27 and below are no longer supported.
    • System Requirements for SPSS for Windows:
      • SPSS 28 and 29 are supported on Windows 10 and above.
      • SPSS 27 and below are no longer supported.
  • Installation Media: Installation media is included with online purchase.
  • Upgrades: If you purchased a license for the current license period, you are entitled to upgrade to the latest version of SPSS. Contact us and we can add it to your online order.


For full details on ordering, see our “How to Purchase Software” page.


SPSS is a powerful, feature-rich, statistical analysis program. It is used in a wide variety of disciplines. Its menu-driven system for selecting various statistical analyses and report writing make it a favourite for many introductory statistics courses. Students can focus on statistics instead of spending time writing program code.

On-line software activation required on all versions of SPSS. All versions of SPSS from the U of T Licensed Software Office must be renewed annually.

Vendor and Support:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Installation and Renewal

Q: How do I install IBM SPSS on Windows and/or Mac?
A: IBM SPSS installation instructions are available for Windows and Mac.  

Q: How do I renew IBM SPSS on Windows and/or Mac?
A: IBM SPSS renewal instructions are available for Windows and Mac.

Q: How do I check when my SPSS will expire and that it has been successfully renewed?
A: To check the expiry date and that SPSS has successfully been renewed:

  1. Open SPSS and select File -> New -> Syntax to open the Syntax editor.
  2. In the Syntax editor type (ensure you include the period):
    • show license.
  3. In the menu at the top of the screen, select Run, then select All in order to run the command.

This process will allow you to view the expiration date for your license. Please note that there is a 30 day grace period after the expiration date.

Q: How do I uninstall the IBM SPSS Statistics for Mac?
A: Please follow these instructions on how to uninstall your version of SPSS for Mac.

Installation and Activation Issues

Q: While installing IBM SPSS on my Windows workstation the License Authorization Wizard is a small window that cannot be resized and am unable to enter the authorization code.
A: This is a known issue due to the screen resolution and/or text size set too large. Please see the SPSS KB documentation to resolve this issue:


Q: What is a Network Concurrent license?
A: For concurrent licensing, if one concurrent license is purchased it may be installed on more than one machine, but can only be run on one computer at a time. For example, if you purchase five concurrent licenses, it can be installed on twenty workstations, but only five can be used at one time. You will need to setup a license server using software provided after purchase. When executing SPSS on a workstation, it will check with the license server to see if there are any licenses available. If so, the program will launch, if not it will not launch. The SPSS software will need to be able to communicate with the server or it will not work.


Q: Where can I find SPSS documentation and guides?
A: For guides and installation manuals visit the SPSS 29 Documentation website. Here are some quick guides:

The following is a recommended electronic resource provided by the University of Toronto Libraries. SPSS for Starters Cleophas, Ton J. Zwinderman, Aeilko H.