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 program.

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 US: our program serves as the premier training ground for students to evaluate, synthesize, and solve current challenges in the physics of quantum computing.


Our program draws upon the Physics Department’s unmatched expertise in the burgeoning field of quantum computing and its premier 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 have hired many of our advanced physics graduates in the past. When you graduate from our 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.


What you Learn

  • Master the physical and mathematical concepts of quantum computing, including quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, quantum algorithms, and quantum information
  • Understand and be able to further develop quantum theory, research methods, and technologies of quantum computing
  • Identify sources and assemble evidence to answer industry questions and solve current challenges in the field
  • Understand quantum computing in a historical, social, and global context.

Where & How you learn


  • Face-to-face


  • Complete the program in 1 calendar year (fall, spring, and summer)
  • Attend intensive face-to-face instructional courses
  • Experience one-on-one contact with faculty
  • Carry out experiments in a laboratory setting

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All applicants must:

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics or a closely related STEM field
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • GRE scores
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • TOEFL scores, if applicable

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