SPSS and SAS Licensing


SAS and SPSS statistical software licensing is available for university-owned computers.

  • SPSS is distributed to all faculty and staff computers over the network. Faculty and staff can install the software on their university office computers on-demand. Classroom and computer lab installations are managed by college and department staff.
  • SAS licensing is provided at a discounted price through the university for Windows only.
    See the SAS section at the end of this page.

SPSS Software


  • Computers must be university-owned Mac or Windows computers
  • Computer is running Casper Self Service (Mac) or Software Center (Windows)
  • SPSS must be plugged into the wired university network to run
  • Laptops and tablets that are not plugged into the network must run the SPSS Commuter License


SPSS licensing is provided at no charge to all Mac and Windows computers on campus and is available on Virtual Workspace.

SPSS Software Web Site

1.  What is SPSS?

SPSS is a data management and analysis software package for Windows and Mac computers. It can perform a variety of data analysis and presentation functions, including statistical analyses and graphical presentation of data. The university license includes the following SPSS modules: Base, Regression, Advanced, Categories, Conjoint, Tables, and Trends.   More information about SPSS can be found at

2.  How is SPSS Licensed?

Towson University purchases an enterprise network license for SPSS. Licenses are automatically distributed, maintained, and installed over the campus network to university computers that are plugged into the TowsonU network. SPSS licenses are automatically renewed each year on July 31.


  • SPSS will not run without a valid license.
  • To run or install SPSS, a computer must be plugged into the wired campus network to receive a license (wireless connections will not work).
  • Laptop computers can use the Commuter License option to access SPSS on when not plugged into the Towson network, see the How can I use SPSS on laptop computers section below.

SPSS License Upgrade Two-Year Cycle at the University
SPSS enterprise licensing policy permits two consecutive SPSS versions to run on the campus at one time, e.g. version 19 and 20. To accommodate the licensing policy, SPSS versions will be upgraded on a yearly cycle for computers and a two year cycle on Virtual Workspace as follows.

Every year, at the conclusion of the spring semester, the oldest running version of SPSS is replaced by the latest  version. For example: computers running version 19 will need to upgraded to one of the available versions, 20 or21. Version 19 will no longer run because it is no longer licensed. The following summer, version 20 will be replaced and versions 21 and 22 will be the available licensed versions; this cycle repeats each year..

Virtual Workspace has a two-year cycle.  Every other year, at the conclusion of spring semester, SPSS is upgraded to the latest version.  For example: at the conclusion of spring semester, SPSS version 19 will be replaced by version 21 on Virtual Workspace.  Two years later, SPSS version 21 will be replaced by version 23; this cycle repeats every two years. The reason for this two year cycle is that computer lab managers generally install the same SPSS version that is on Virtual Workspace and the managers preferred not to be forced to install a new version of SPSS every year.

Note: it is possible to install two versions of SPSS on a computer but SPSS does not recommend this practice because conflicts can occur when two versions are running on the same computer.

3.  How can I get SPSS?

SPSS is available two ways:

  • SPSS is installed and available to faculty, staff, and students on
    Virtual Workspace. Every other year the SPSS version is upgraded to a newer version.

  • SPSS is available for faculty and staff (not students) to install on university-owned Windows and Mac computers; for details, see the SPSS Installation section below.

4.  How do I install SPSS?

SPSS is available to install and run on faculty and staff university-owned desktop and laptop computers. To install SPSS on desktop and laptop computers follow the instructions at: SPSS Software Installation Procedures.


5.  How do I use SPSS on laptop computers?

If  you will be running SPSS when not plugged into the campus network (at home, traveling, etc.), a Commuter License is required to run SPSS. The SPSS university enterprise version must be installed on your laptop (see installation instructions above) for the Commuter License to work. This license will reside on your laptop and allow access to SPSS for the time period granted (30 days). The Commuter License is only available to university-owned Windows and Mac laptops.

For instructions on installing a Commuter License on Mac and Windows, see: Installing SPSS Commuter License on Laptops

If you want to run SPSS on your personal laptop you can either access it on

Virtual Workspace or you will need to contact SPSS Inc. to purchase it.

6.  How do I obtain assistance with the SPSS application?

SPSS provides assistance for applications on their web site below. Browse to the SPSS Student Resource Center; this site has free video tutorials, suggested books, and links to a iTunesU statistics courses.

Online training can be purchased by any department using a p-card; contact SPSS, Inc. for information.  The university does not provide SPSS training.

7.  How can I use SPSS at Home?

anywhere and anytime from the web.

  • The university enterprise version of SPSS cannot be installed on home computers due to the network licensing requirements.

  • If you want to install SPSS on a personal computer you will need to purchase it by contacting IBM SPSS Inc.

SAS Software

1.  What is SAS?

SAS is a scalable, integrated software environment that is specially designed for data access, transformation, and reporting. License cost:  $75.

2.  How is SAS Installed?

If you would like to have the SAS installed, please contact the Faculty/Staff Help Center at 410-704-5151 and follow menu options or fill out a web support request form.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Names of the individuals who will be using the software
  • Quantity of licenses
  • Budget code to which the license(s) for that year should be charged
  • The computer name of each machine requiring an SAS installation
  • Location of each computer
  • Operating system on each computer (e.g., Windows XP or Windows Vista)

Your request will be logged and a budget transfer will be initiated and the software will be installed.

If you have questions about SPSS or SAS fill out a web support request form with your question.











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