Department of Software Engineering


The Department of Software Engineering’s mission is the development of professionals who can produce high-quality, cutting-edge, and cost-effective software systems. The department provides a forward-thinking approach in an inclusive environment that encourages students to become pioneers in the field by developing in-depth knowledge through hands-on design of innovative products. As real-world construction of complex software systems is done by engineering teams, our curriculum focuses on team-based activities with an emphasis on collaboration and the design process. Students receive mentorship to become world-class engineers and to conduct world-class research by closely collaborating with both faculty and industry.



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Undergraduate Programs

As software becomes ever more common in everything from airplanes to appliances, there is an increasing demand for professionals who can develop high-quality, cost-effective software systems. Students learn principles and techniques for the construction of complex and evolving software systems as well as issues affecting software architecture, design, and implementation. Additional topics include project management, planning, quality assurance, and product maintenance.

Encompasses technical issues affecting software architecture, design, and implementation as well as process issues that address project management, planning, quality assurance, and product maintenance.

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Graduate Programs

The Master of Science in software engineering or data science assures that graduates possess both breadth and depth of knowledge of their program's content. Special topics courses and electives provide students with the opportunity to match their graduate education with their professional goals, from pursuing groundbreaking research to developing game-changing products.

Demand is high for professionals skilled in both analytics and computing. Enhance your skill set by learning to manage large-scale data sets in this highly applied program.  

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Gain hands-on experience through team-based and individual projects to further your understanding of the development and implementation of modern software systems.

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Minors and Immersions

Students in disciplines with a heavy reliance on software applications may be interested in pursuing a minor in software engineering. The minor provides a broad view of the software engineering landscape including introductory material and fundamentals in design and process. Students deepen their software design skills and learn techniques for working on a productive software engineering team by choosing electives in design or process to gain a deeper understanding of one of these areas, or they may choose to balance their courses for a broad view of both topics.

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The department provides a variety of facilities where students collaborate on projects, polish their skills, and consult with faculty. Outfitted with the latest hardware and software technology, our facilities reflect our commitment to teamwork, interactive learning, and professional education.

The department’s facilities include three student instructional studio labs, a specialized embedded systems lab, and a collaboration lab. In addition, freshmen are encouraged to take advantage of the department’s mentoring lab. Staffed by advanced software engineering students, this lab offers new students an environment where they can learn from those who have successfully fulfilled most of the major's academic requirements.

Students enrolled in software engineering courses also can use any of the department’s eleven team rooms. Equipped with a computer and projector, network connections, a meeting table, seating for six, and generous whiteboard space, these rooms support the department’s commitment to teamwork, both inside and outside the classroom.

Alumni & Industrial Advisory Board

Are you an SE alum that wants to stay involved? Here's how:

  1. Join us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
  2. Sponsor a Senior Project.
  3. Recruit through Society of Software Engineers - email the SE department for more information.
  4. Attend alumni events. Watch the RIT alumni page for details.
  5. Keep in touch and let us know what you are up to! View the department directory for contact information. You can also take a look at what research projects faculty are involved in!

Our Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) consists of professional software engineers from a range of companies. The board helps us stay current with industry trends, offering insight on everything from curriculum to teaching methods. IAB plays an integral role in helping us maintain a balanced, vibrant department. Learn more about our current IAB members.