Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Software Engineering BS

Program Overview

Software Engineering is a diverse field offering a wide range of opportunities for students.  Software Engineers define requirements, design system architecture, and write and test code as part of the software development life cycle.  Professionals in this field are in demand in a wide range of industries, including software companies, financial services, defense contractors, interactive entertainment, health services and more.  Software Engineering has consistently been ranked one of the top jobs in the US, with high growth potential.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science


  • Approximately 550 students

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are required to complete at least 2 semesters and 1 summer of co-op work assignments, and are available to work 3 or 7 months at a time.
  • Co-op positions must incorporate various phases of the Software Development Life Cycle (for example, requirements gathering and analysis, design, development, documentation, and/or testing), and include duties beyond just programming.

Salary Information

Co-op:   $22.16                   $10.00 – $45.00
BS:         $83,000                

Student Skills & Capabilities

Students learn principles, methods and techniques for the construction of complex and evolving software systems. The software engineering program encompasses both technical issues affecting software architecture, designs and implementation, as well as process issues that address project management, planning, quality assurance and product maintenance. The program has a strong emphasis on teamwork and communication skills. The software engineering coursework maintains a balance between engineering design and software process in both required and elective courses. As with other engineering fields, mathematics and natural science fundamentals are taken in the early years.  A three-course sequence in a domain outside the program’s core requirements allows students to apply their software engineering skills to a variety of fields including science, engineering, and business. Finally, students complete a two-term senior project as the final demonstration of their abilities and preparation for immediate employment and long-term professional growth in software development organizations.


The Bachelor of Science degree program in Software Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Equipment & Facilities

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.  From the team rooms to the Collaboration Lab, our facilities are designed to support students and mimic a real-world software development environment.

Training / Qualifications

For software engineering positions, most employers prefer applicants who have at least a bachelor's degree and broad knowledge of, and experience with, a variety of computer systems and technologies. The usual college majors for applications software engineers are computer science, software engineering, or mathematics. Systems software engineers often study computer science or computer information systems. Graduate degrees are preferred for some of the more complex jobs. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Job Titles

Software Engineer, Software Developer, Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Web Applications Developer, Data Analyst, Software Tester, Database Developer, Software Design Engineer, Software Requirements Engineer, Web Developer, Programmer.

Significant Points

  • RIT’s Software Engineering Program was the first undergraduate software engineering program in the US.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree program in Software Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • Software engineers are among the occupations projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs over the 2014-24 decade.
  • Excellent job prospects are expected for applicants with at least a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field and with practical work experience.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Amazon, Amplify, Apple, Blackbaud, Constant Contact, Datto, Inc., EagleView Technologies, Facebook, General Dynamics – Mission Systems, Google, Harris Corporation, HubSpot, IBM Corp., Intuit, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Mitre Corp., Oracle, Paychex, Rochester Software Associates, Target, Ultimate Software, UTC Aerospace, Wegmans, Xerox Corporation

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Jill Jablonski, the career services coordinator who works with the Software Engineering program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at
Jill Jablonski, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5632
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603