Department of Software Engineering Resources

Advising Resources

Visit your advisor for:

• Help interpreting program requirements

• Assistance with course selection

• Help resolving academic difficulties

• Guidance for setting academic goals

• Accurate and current information on University policies and procedures

• Referrals to campus resources, when you aren’t sure where to go Hours Students can meet with their advisor in two different formats: Open Advising and Appointments.

• Open Advising (for all students): These are time blocks decided by each advisor, offered on a first-come, first-served format. Most of these meetings are less than 15 minutes in length and are not available for Change of Program or Double Major conversations. Open advising times are posted in Starfish (undergrad only), and on weekly schedules posted on bulletin boards around the SE Office (all).

• Appointments (for all students): These can be made by logging into Starfish (undergrad only) or by visiting/calling the office (all). Each advisor has time available on their calendar to meet with students, and will work with students' schedules to find a mutually good time to meet.

o To schedule an appointment:  

               For undergrad students:

                                  • Log into SIS and click the teal Starfish icon

                                  • Click the My Success Network > Schedule Appointment link under your advisor's name

                                   • If there are no viable appointment blocks, contact your advisor or the office

                For grad students:

                                   • Email your advisor to set up an appointment time

                                   • Stop by the office to set up a time (GOL-1690) or call the front desk at 585-475-5461

 Last Names beginning A-G

Last Names beginning H-Z 


Software Engineering 

J Scott Hawker headshot
Associate Professor
Department of Software Engineering
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Graduate Program Director, Software Engineering

Data Science 

Travis Desell headshot
Associate Professor
Department of Software Engineering
Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
Graduate Program Director, Data Science

Mentoring/Tutoring through SSE The Society of Software Engineers (SSE)

Mentoring Lab (GOL-1670) is staffed by volunteer student mentors who are available for help with coursework, tips on balancing academics, and other activities. A schedule is posted outside the lab each semester. Review Sessions The SSE mentors hold review sessions for introductory Computer Science and Software Engineering courses throughout the semester. Sessions are scheduled to align with upcoming exams in each course. Physics Help SE has hired a physics tutor to help with questions and concerns regarding University Physics I and II. The physics tutor will be available in the SSE lab during the semester (check with the SE Office or the SSE lab for times).

Academic Success Center (ASC)

The ASC offers a number of programs and services that assist and empower students to achieve academic success, including individual and group instruction, tutoring, content-specific support in math and physics, peer to peer learning, and online content. The ASC serves all students, from incoming freshmen to graduate students. In addition to skill development, the ASC offers courses designed to teach students how to improve their study techniques and how to make the most of their individual learning abilities. 

Tutoring Center

Targeted, one-on-one tutoring is available in a wide range of subjects at tutoring centers across campus. Visit their website for hours and locations of specific tutoring centers.

Khan Academy

Video tutorials on a range of subjects, including Calculus and Computer Science.

Links to great resources, tips and tricks. Plus specific study tips by subject matter. Student Self-Audit Are you on track with your program requirements? Need to know which classes to register for?

Are you on track with your program requirements? Need to know which classes to register for?

We recommend following these steps to audit your progress each semester. As always, contact your academic advisor with questions at any time!

To conduct a Self-Audit:

1. On SIS, access your Academic Advising Report (Miscellaneous > Academic Advising).

2. Download your curriculum flowchart.

3. Check off completed courses on your flowchart.

    • TIP: Don't forget Ethics, Economics, and Wellness requirements.

4. Plot out when you plan to take future courses.

    • TIP: Factor in pre-reqs and course timing.

    • TIP: Remember to include all required co-ops in your plan.

5. Contact your academic advisor with questions! Schedule Maker:

Information for New Students

Student Organizations

Society of Software Engineers (SSE)
  • One of the oldest and largest student-led organizations on RIT's campus.
Women in Computing (WiC)
  • Encouraging the advancement of women in computing.

Undergraduate Electives

Undergraduate electives are listed on the Software Engineering BS degree program page.

Students may also choose another course with advisor approval. Submit the Elective Approval Form for review.

Graduate Electives

Software Engineering

  • Graduate Handbook
  • Pre-Approved Electives
    • The current SE electives are SWEN(711)-Engineering Self-Adaptive SW Systems, SWEN(712)-Engineering Accessible SW, and any graduate SE Special Topics courses

Data Science

Graduate students may also choose another course with graduate program director approval. Submit the Elective Approval Form for review.

Graduate Assistantship

A Graduate Assistantship is an employment opportunity offered by the Department of Software Engineering. Responsibilities will vary, but Graduate Assistants may work as research assistants, provide lab support, etc. Graduate Assistants are not responsible for any direct classroom teaching. Graduate Assistants who are supervised by a faculty member are responsible for all assigned work for the number of hours offered. Students who do not fulfill the required work can have their assistantship terminated, including their hourly wage and scholarship.

The department offers Graduate Assistantship positions each academic year, starting in the fall semester. Positions may be available on a full (20 hours per week) or part-time (10 hours per week) basis. See the Graduate Handbook for compensation information.

Applications for Graduate Assistantship (starting in the fall of each year), must be received by the department by 4pm on April 13, 2020. The fall semester typically starts late August. The application for the 2020-21 academic year is now open - click the link below for the application.

2020-2021 Software Engineering Graduate Assistantship Application

Change of Program

Into SE: If you are looking to switch into the SE program, please fill out our interest form. We will have 1-2 SE program overview sessions each semester for students looking to come into the SE program from another program at RIT. This is the first step in the change of program process, and will allow you to learn about SE, meet faculty, and chat with our advisors. Change of Program Into SE Information Sheet.

Out of SE: If you are looking to switch out of the SE program, please visit with your academic advisor to discuss future plans.

Flowcharts & Forms

Some RIT student forms are found on the Registrar's website. Other, department-specific forms are found below.

IBM Academic Initiative
The Software Engineering department is a member of the IBM Academic Initiative which provides accredited and approved academic members with access to a wide range of IBM products for instructional, learning and non-commercial research (see Offerings include no-charge licenses for IBM software (including WebSphere, DB2, Lotus, Tivoli, Rational, and others), as well as training materials, books, and other supplies. Some items are directly available to students via the Student Portal. Others need to be obtained by a registered faculty member. Contact Professor Scott Hawker for further information.

DreamSpark (formerly Microsoft Academic Alliance)
Through an agreement with Microsoft, the Software Engineering Department is pleased to announce that all Software Engineering students can download a variety of Microsoft products off the web free of charge. If you are interested in this opportunity, follow this link to get started.
If for whatever reason you are not allowed to download software, either you are not registered as an SE student, are not taking an SE class, or have let your SE password expire. If your SE account allows you to log in in the labs, your DreamSpark access should work.


  1. log into DreamSpark. This login is your SE account name and password.
  2. Once logged in successfully, click on software. This will bring you to a pull-down choice of software to download and once checked out, select the appropriate CD-key. If you have problems, please stop by 70-1527.

For quick problems, send an email.

Palo Alto Networks

Google Cloud Platform

Senior Project & Graduation

Accreditation & Honors


  • The Bachelor of Science degree program in Software Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • RIT's Institutional Research and Policy Studies office maintains enrollment data for the software engineering program. This data is available on their website.

Honors Society

  • Software engineering students can join the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, once in their third, fourth, or fifth year. You can find more information about eligibilityevents, and more on their website.



Program = UCIS5, Plan = SOFTENG-BS


Program = GCIS

Plan for SE = SOFTENG-MS, Plan for DS = DSCI-MS

Your account will be set up once the department enrolls you for your first semester of classes. Your username and password will be distributed on the first day of class.

Incoming undergraduate and graduate students are registered by the department for their first semester of classes. (Graduate students are responsible for submitting an elective approval form and enrolling themselves in any electives.)

After the first semester, students are responsible for enrolling themselves in all courses (through SIS). Some courses have special restrictions which require students to complete the necessary paperwork before the department enrolls them.

International students will first need to discuss their visa status with the International Student Services (ISS) Office. If a program extension form is needed, students need to work with the SE Office to complete it.