Quantum Computing

Master of Science in Physics

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Gain advanced conceptual, mathematical, and experimental knowledge of quantum computing to promote the development of this future technology with UW–Madison’s Master of Science in Physics: Quantum Computing.


Is this program right for you?

Governments and private companies around the world are increasingly investing in quantum computing as the field continues to develop this promising technology. The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Science in Physics: Quantum Computing is the first graduate degree of its kind in the U.S. Our program serves as the premier training ground for students to evaluate, synthesize, and solve current challenges in the physics of quantum computing.

UW–Madison’s Physics Department has unparalleled expertise and research facilities. Through intensive face-to-face coursework and laboratory training research, your cohort will work together to understand the background quantum theory and its application to quantum computing technology.

The Department of Physics also has deep connections to tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and Intel, and we have collaborated with several of them to conduct cutting-edge research projects. These giants of industry hire many of our advanced physics graduates.

When you graduate from UW–Madison’s premier quantum physics graduate program, you embark with the skills, credentials, and connections to seek employment opportunities from the leaders in quantum theory, technology, and computing.

Is this program right for you?

Governments and private companies around the world are increasingly investing in quantum computing as the field continues to develop this promising technology. The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Master of Science in Physics: Quantum Computing is the first graduate degree of its kind in the U.S. Our program serves as the premier training ground for students to evaluate, synthesize, and solve current challenges in the physics of quantum computing.

UW–Madison’s Physics Department has unparalleled expertise and research facilities. Through intensive face-to-face coursework and laboratory training research, your cohort will work together to understand the background quantum theory and its application to quantum computing technology.

The Department of Physics also has deep connections to tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and Intel, and we have collaborated with several of them to conduct cutting-edge research projects. These giants of industry hire many of our advanced physics graduates.

When you graduate from UW–Madison’s premier quantum physics graduate program, you embark with the skills, credentials, and connections to seek employment opportunities from the leaders in quantum theory, technology, and computing.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in a related STEM discipline.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Submit GRE scores using code 1846. (The Admissions Committee will NOT require GRE test scores to be submitted for any fall 2021 applications, and will not take into consideration any submitted GRE test scores in our review process.)
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

Application materials required:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation

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Program highlights

  • UW–Madison’s Master of Science in Physics: Quantum Computing program is the first of its kind. It serves as the training ground for students to evaluate and solve current challenges in quantum computing.
  • Our program is accelerated, so you complete your degree in just one year.
  • Quantum Computing is an emerging, dynamic field, so you are on the forefront of discovery at UW—a prestigious research university.

How you'll learn

  • Twelve months of full-time study on campus to earn your degree.
  • Attend intensive face-to-face instructional courses.
  • Experience one-on-one contact with faculty.
  • Carry out experiments in a laboratory setting.

Sample curriculum

Fall Semester

  • Introduction to Quantum Mechanics or Quantum Mechanics
  • Thermal Physics or Statistical Mechanics
  • Introduction to Quantum Computing Physics Elective

Spring Semester

  • Solid State Physics or Advanced Solid State Physics
  • Atomic and Quantum Physics or Introduction to Atomic Structure
  • Advanced Quantum Computing
  • Physics Elective

Summer Semester

  • Quantum Computing Laboratory
  • Directed Study

**Suggested curriculum

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Systems Engineer
  • Software Development Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Physicist
Top Industries
  • Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
  • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • Educational Services

Market Salary
$101K in 2019

Projected Job Growth
14.5% Physicists (2016-2026)

Top Employers
  • INTEL
  • IBM
  • Honeywell
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Amazon

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2020.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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