IBM SPSS Statistics is an advanced statistical package for Windows, Mac and Linux. UBC IT offers the IBM SPSS Premium license and includes a number of enhancements over the base SPSS Statistics product:

  • Advanced Sampling Assessment and Testing
  • Advanced Statistics/Advanced Models
  • Bootstrapping
  • Categories
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Conjoint
  • Data Preparation
  • Decision Trees
  • Direct Marketing
  • Forecasting
  • Linear Models
  • Missing Values
  • Nonlinear Models
  • Professional Stats/Regression Models
  • Simulation Modeling
  • Tables
  • Trends
  • AMOS Structured Equation Modeling (windows only, separate download and installation)

More information about SPSS Premium can be found on the SPSS website (http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/spss-stats-premium) and information on each of the toolboxes can be found at (http://www-03.ibm.com/software/products/en/spss-statistics).

License Eligibility

The SPSS software license with UBC specifies that SPSS must only be used by UBC Faculty, Students, and Research Staff and only for Teaching and non-commercial Research purposes related to UBC.

See the Network vs. Standalone/Home Use Licenses section below for details on which license is right for you.

Current Version and System Requirements

Please ensure that you meet the minimum system requirements. Note that SPSS requires an Internet connection to complete the activation.

For the current version number and all SPSS system requirements, please see the IBM SPSS Statistics System Requirements page.

Network vs. Standalone/Home Use Licenses

For Faculty and Research Staff, there are two different licensed versions of SPSS offered, a Network Licensing version and a Site License Standalone/Home Use version. Each version has slightly different advantages/disadvantages as well as differing download methods.

Network Version - UBC Owned Device

The SPSS Network Version requires an internet connection to contact the UBC SPSS license server when the SPSS application is initiated and in intervals during use. This is ideal for computers that are on the UBC campus (connected using the UBC network).


  • due to the requirement of contacting the UBC license server, it is not recommended to use the Network Version at departments where security firewalls prevent you from connecting to the license server or prevent you from using VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  • off-campus users must connect via VPN (Virtual Private Network) before starting SPSS.
  • the SPSS network license expires on June 30 of each year. Your license will automatically be renewed each year and is done server-side without your involvement.

Download: To install the network version (recommended) on your UBC-owned asset, contact your local IT support team or submit a request to site-license@it.ubc.ca. Okanagan campus Faculty and Research Staff should contact the UBC Okanagan IT Services Help Desk.

Standalone/Home Use Version – Non UBC Owned Device

For Faculty, Research Staff*, and Students** who require SPSS Statistics for the purpose of teaching, instruction, or non-commercial research, the SPSS Standalone/Home Use version is now available for your personal device at home. This version only requires an internet connection to register the program with IBM SPSS one time during installation. The SPSS Standalone version can only be installed on 1 computer per license.


  • SPSS standalone/home use licenses expire on June 30 of each year. Your license must be renewed each year, on or before June 30. When you install the SPSS standalone/home use license, you will be provided with a code to re-activate SPSS which will be in effect until June 30 of the following year. If not renewed on or before June 30, the license has a grace period but will cease to work within 30 days from June 30.
  • At the time of renewal you can renew your existing version of SPSS or upgrade to the latest version of SPSS. Upgrading to a new version can only be done during renewal period for the Site License Standalone/Home Use version so we recommend getting the latest version at the time of renewal.

*Research Staff: Researchers participating in non-commercial research for UBC (ie. those who conduct research for UBC but are not considered faculty) will be required to request permission to access the download section for SPSS Statistics and Amos from Kivuto/OnTheHub. To request access, please provide the following information to service.helpdesk@ubc.ca:

  1. Contact Name
  2. Phone Number
  3. Email Address
  4. CWL Username
  5. Job Title and Affiliation with UBC

**Students: Currently enrolled Students are now eligible to download and install the latest version of SPSS Statistics and Amos on their personal device by accessing UBC’s central Kivuto/OnTheHub web store, as detailed below.

Download: To download and install the Standalone or Home Use version of IBM SPSS, access UBC’s central Kivuto / OnTheHub web store - https://ubc.onthehub.com

  1. Click Start Shopping and log in with your CWL - the first time you do this you will be asked to accept the terms of use
  2. Click on the tab for your role – Student, Faculty, or Sponsored Guest (you will only see tabs you are eligible for)
  3. Click the icon for IBM SPSS
  4. Click Add to Cart and complete the steps as prompted
  5. The checkout process will take you to a page where you can view your license key for SPSS

If you need to access this page again later, log into https://ubc.onthehub.com and open the Options menu in the top right corner of the page, then navigate to Your Account/Orders, look up the record of your SPSS order and click View Details.

More Information

  • For more information on SPSS products, please visit the SPSS website.
  • If not sure on how to install the software please contact your department's computer support personnel.
  • Please note that the IT Service Centre can only provide basic installation support.

Technical Problems & Patches

  • If you require the latest patches or are having problems and require support, please view the SPSS Support Pages.
  • Visit the newsgroup comp.soft-sys.stat.spss, the group has many expert SPSS users who cheerfully answer questions.
  • If technical issue is not resolved by looking up the above mentioned web sites then contact your department's computer support staff. If computer support staff require technical help, they can contact IT Software Licensing.