Department of Software Engineering Resources

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 Beti Pi, once in their third, fourth, or fifth year. You can find more information about eligibilityevents, and more on their website.

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. Complete the Change of Program Into SE Interest Form.

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

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

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.



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.

New Student Orientation

FAQs and important dates to know (for undergraduate students)

Orientation slideshow (for graduate students)

Senior Project & Graduation

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.