Detailed Description

Information Technology provides annual licensing for SPSS statistical software and AMOS, an add-on module for SPSS. SPSS and AMOS funding is shared between IT and several campus departments. SPSS is a comprehensive software package that includes data management, statistics, and reporting capabilities. The UM site license includes: SPSS Statistics Base, SPSS Advanced Statistics, and SPSS Regressions. 

AMOS  (Analysis of Moment Structures) is an add-on module for SPSS. It is designed primarily for structural equation modeling, path analysis, and covariance structure modeling, though it may be used to perform linear regression analysis and ANOVA and ANCOVA. It features an intuitive graphical interface that allows the analyst to specify models by drawing them. It also has a built-in bootstrapping routine and superior handling of missing data. It reads data from a number of sources, including MS Excel spreadsheets and SPSS databases. While it is a separate installation, it is launched from within SPSS. Additional modules may be ordered separately through IBM by your department.

SPSS for employee use

UM carries out annual maintenance on network licenses for teaching and research purposes. Supported versions are 21 and 22. If you are using an earlier version, we encourage you to upgrade to the most current version which is available on our server.

At UM, two options are available for obtaining the software each contract year:

  • Key license server access: Software is installed on a server and is available to users through the campus network on University-owned computers
  • Stand-alone license access: Software is installed on University-owned laptops for extended research assignments or off-campus use

UM has a limited number of individual (named) AMOS licenses for AY 15 that have already been purchased for specific UM faculty and researchers. Please contact your departmental technical support staff if you have questions about obtaining AMOS software.

SPSS for student use

While our license agreement does not allow for installation on personal computers, student use of SPSS is available in computer labs across campus. IT manages the University Center 225 computer lab, one of the labs with SPSS installed on some of the computers.

Additionally, the UM Bookstore currently sells a 12 month SPSS Premium Academic Version 22 student-only grad pack subscription for $69.

How to Request

Employees should contact their departmental technical support staff to determine their best option and obtain assistance with the licensing and download process.

Student use of SPSS is available in the computer lab in UC 225. Additionally, the UM Bookstore sells a 12-month SPSS Premium Academic Version 22 student-only grad pack subscription.


No charge for student use in labs. Employees should check with your departmental technical support staff to see if your department shares in the purchasing cost of SPSS and AMOS.


UM Students and Employees


IT Central Help Desk at 243-4357 or visit Social Sciences, 120, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Primary Owner

Technology Support Services