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MASc and PhD Collaborative Programs in Quantum Information

The University of Waterloo offers joint, collaborative masters and doctoral degree programs in Quantum Information through the Faculty of Engineering (MASc /PhD - Electrical and Computer Engineering), Faculty of Mathematics (MMath/PhD - Applied Mathematics, Combinatorics and Optimization, Computer Science), and the Faculty of Science (MSc/PhD - Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy). Students may pursue their studies on a full or part-time basis.

Quantum information processing draws upon knowledge and expertise from a wide range of disciplines. At the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the University of Waterloo, faculty and students working in quantum information are based across the three faculties and 6 academic units. Their research involves collaboration and the exchange of ideas across many disciplines. This new specialization in quantum information allows students based in any of the 6 academic units to obtain the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise to carry out research at the cutting edge of quantum information science.

Masters students receive a strong and broad foundation in quantum information science, coupled with knowledge and expertise from their home program to prepare them to enter the workforce or continue their studies in a PhD program. Doctoral students gain advanced expertise in quantum information science preparing them for careers as scholars and researchers.

For a complete list of degree requirements for MASc and PhD programs please see the Graduate Calendar.

Financial support

Most graduate students engaged in thesis masters and doctoral studies at the University of Waterloo receive financial support. In addition, students admitted into the collaborative Quantum Information graduate program are also eligible to apply for IQC scholarships and fellowships. Graduate Fellowships are also available to international graduate students up to a maximum of $20,000 per year. Visit the Institute for Quantum Computing website.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Admission requirements in Electrical and Computer Engineering are the same as for those in the regular MASc and PhD programs.

Application Deadlines in ECE are: January 15 for fall term (September) admission; June 1 for winter term (January) admission; October 1 for spring term (May) admission. 

Note: Application deadlines for the Quantum Information programs are different than those for all other programs

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