What is SPSS?

The IBM SPSS Statistics is a comprehensive system for analyzing data. SPSS Statistics can take data from almost any type of file and use them to generate tabulated reports, charts, and plots of distributions and trends, descriptive statistics, and complex statistical analyses. It makes statistical analysis more accessible for the beginner and more convenient for experienced users. Simple menus and dialog box selections make it possible to perform complex analyses without typing a single line of command syntax.


What is offered?

The IBM SPSS Statistics Base offers a wide range of statistical procedures for basic analyses and reports, including counts, crosstabs and descriptive statistics, OLAP Cubes and codebook reports. It also provides a variety of dimension reduction, classification and segmentation techniques such as factor analysis, cluster analysis, nearest neighbor analysis and discriminant function analysis includes the following key capabilities:

  • Linear models offer a variety of regression and advanced statistical procedures. They are designed to fit the inherent characteristics of data describing complex relationships.
  • Nonlinear models provide the ability to apply more sophisticated models to data.
  • Simulation capabilities help analysts automatically model many possible outcomes when inputs are uncertain, improving risk analysis and decision making.
  • Customized tables enable users to easily understand their data and quickly summarize results in different styles.

The IBM SPSS Campus Wide license also includes the following modules:

  • Advanced Statistics focuses on techniques often used in experimental and biomedical research. It includes procedures for general linear models (GLM), linear mixed models, variance components analysis, loglinear analysis, ordinal regression, actuarial life tables, Kaplan-Meier survival analysis, and basic and extended Cox regression.
  • Custom Tables creates a variety of presentation-quality tabular reports, including complex stub-and-banner tables and displays of multiple response data.
  • Regression provides techniques for analyzing data that do not fit traditional linear statistical models. It includes procedures for prohibit analysis, logistic regression, weight estimation, two-stage least-squares regression, and general nonlinear regression.

How to get access

This software is FREE to download from UAB IT to full-time faculty, staff and students. You will be required to enter your Blazerid, strong password and accept the “License and Usage Terms."

Get SPSS Here

Instructions for installing SPSS.
To inquire or purchase additional modules, you may go directly to the SPSS web store at www.SPSS.com/Academic; or go online to www.uab.edu/AskIT and submit a “new issue” with your request and/or questions.

Renewal Info

IBM SPSS Campus will upgrade every year and the latest version of this software will be available by November 1. You must either upgrade to the latest version or install a renewal key to continue to use the previous year's version. Only 1 previous version year will be supported by SPSS. If you choose, you may continue to use the version that you currently have downloaded, but SPSS will not support that version should you encounter any problems or purchase a new machine.


You will not receive email renewal notices. However, each product must be updated with a new license key or updated to the newest version each year. The software and/or license key is free to full-time faculty, staff and students and is available on the IT service portal. The licenses/subscriptions renew as follows:

  • SPSS: November 30th of every year.
  • SAS: September 30th but with a 90 day grace period will cease to function on December 31st.

Upgrades (to the latest version) and/or renewal (of the previous version) will be available on the IT service portal by October 30th of every year. If you have any questions regarding this renewal and/or software, please go online to AskIT and submit your question(s) or request.