What is it?

MATLAB (provided by MathWorks) is a high-level scientific and engineering programming environment which provides many useful capabilities for plotting and visualizing data and has an extensive library of built-in functions for data manipulation. It is widely used in universities and research labs around the world.

How can I use it?

Note: This software is only licensed for academic teaching, learning, and research. UK's license does not cover use of this application for other purposes, including university business (retention, internal statisics, etc).

The language, tools, and built-in math functions enable you to explore multiple approaches and reach a solution faster than with spreadsheets or traditional programming languages, such as C/C++ or Java™.

You can use MATLAB for a range of applications, including signal processing and communications, image and video processing, control systems, test and measurement, computational finance, and computational biology.

Who can use it?

All current UK employees may download and install this application. At this time, students are not covered under the university MATLAB license.

Where is it?

MATLAB can be acquired for installation on a personal computer by registering for a software license and following the instructions relayed to you via email.


UK currently maintains a site license for this software, so usage is free for current faculty, staff, and students. User licenses must be re-registered annually.

Getting Help

For technical support with download, installation, and license renewal, please call the UKAT Service Desk at 218-HELP (4357) or email helpdesk@uky.edu. Technical support staff in your college or department may also be able to assist you.

For technical support with application-specific or "how to" questions, please visit the vendor's support site to view self-help documentation and vendor contact information.

For support with statistical questions, guidance with study design or data evaluation, or software tool selection, please contact the Applied Statistics Lab in the College of Arts & Sciences to set up a consultation.

Technical Requirements

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