M.S. Degree in Physics-Quantum Computing

The M.S. in Physics-Quantum Computing is a new Master's program that admitted its first class in the Fall 2019 semester.  The program provides students with a thorough grounding in the new discipline of quantum information and quantum computing.  This begins with a study of the relevant parts of quantum theory, and proceeds to quantum gates, measurements, algorithms, quantum error correction and decoherence.  Quantum communication theory and the secure transmission of information will additionally be covered.  The supporting areas of statistical mechanics, solid-state physics and atomic physics will form part of the classroom training.  Just as important, the program gives students a mastery of the advanced lab skills involved in quantum computation.  The program is closely affiliated with the Wisconsin Quantum Institute and its faculty members, who are experts in the fields of quantum computing and quantum information science.  WQI members teach the M.S. in Physics–Quantum Computing courses, and students have the option of completing independent research with some of the WQI faculty.  Students who graduate from this program will have the tools to succeed as researchers or program managers in a quantum computing or quantum technologies enterprise.  They may also use the program as a springboard to Ph.D. programs in physics or related areas.

This program is designed so that it can be completed in a single calendar year, but this schedule can be extended by approval of the department if there are special circumstances.  

The M.S. in Physics-Quantum Computing requires the completion of 30 credits, of which at least 15 must be at the graduate level.  Three courses in quantum computing: Physics 707, 709, and 779 are required. An overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. For further details of our requirements and a suggested curriculum, see MSQC Suggested Curriculum.

The tuition for this program is $1,600/ credit hour.  Students in this program cannot accept research assistantships, teaching assistantships, project assistantships or other university appointments that grant waivers of tuition and/or academic fees.

Apply at https://grad.wisc.edu/  The application deadline for the fall 2020 semester is March 15, 2020. 

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