SPSS Information

SPSS Description

Media purchase not required

SPSS is a full featured statistical analysis package that has a graphical user interface front end allowing for ease of producing statistical output. SPSS also includes a data entry tool similar to a spreadsheet package. The AMOS application is also included in the Windows version. SPSS is free to Faculty and Staff at NAU. The price on the software store is for media purchase only.

SPSS includes the following procedures:

  • Standard descriptive statistics such as mean, mode and standard deviation
  • N-way tables with correlation statistics
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Regression Analysis
  • Factor Analysis
  • Cluster Analysis
  • AMOS


Licensing Information

The licenses for statistical packages at NAU expire on June 30 each year. To continue using the software you must purchase a license each year. There is a grace period so your software will still run for the first month of the new fiscal year giving you time to purchase a new license when they become available. You cannot purchase a license in the current fiscal year for the next fiscal year. You must wait until after the new fiscal year starts.

In an effort to help researchers and instructors on campus, ITS subsidizes the cost of SPSS.  ITS also implements SPSS, SAS and JMP on virtual servers, offering free usage to students, faculty and staff.



General Information

Prior versions of SPSS were called either SPSS or PASW. We will refer to this statistical package as SPSS. The AMOS add-on is included with the Windows version of SPSS.

SPSS Add-on Modules

Our license for SPSS includes the Regression and Advanced modules. If you require any other modules from SPSS (for example Tables, data entry, etc), you or your department will be responsible for purchasing the additional modules.


Free SPSS Clone

GNU has a free replacement for SPSS available under the GNU software license. For more information on the PSPP program go to http://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/pspp.html  


Updating your SPSS License

In order to update your SPSS license you are required to obtain an authorization code through ITS. Once you have your authorization code you will run the License Authorization Wizard. This may be found on your start menu if you are running windows or under application and SPSS on the Mac. When you start the wizard you should see an image similar to the following:


Make sure License my Product now is selected as in the image. Click next until you get to the following window (or something similar):


Copy and paste the authorization code received from ITS in the proper box and then click next. Follow the rest of the prompts to complete the authorization process. Full instructions are on your installation CD.


Other SPSS/PASW Resources

Working with ASCII Data Supplied by ITS 

SPSS 11.0 for Windows Developer's Guide 

SPSS Website at IBM 

SPSS Academic Resource Center at IBM 

Raynald's SPSS Tools 


Related Services

Available to studentsAvailable to facultyAvailable to staff

ITS supports three statistical programs at NAU: SPSS, SAS, and JMP.
Available to studentsAvailable to facultyAvailable to staff

ITS supports three statistical programs at NAU: SPSS, SAS, and JMP.


Training & Documentation

General Information Academic Computing also assists in  survey processing  and  Faculty evaluation  processing. ITS is able to supply (for a nominal charge) scan forms that you may employ in your survey based research. 

JMP is available for Windows and Macintosh. 

SAS is a full featured statistical and data mining tool available on Microsoft Windows only.