Programs

Nigar Sultana

Program options and requirements

We offer an interdisciplinary graduate program in Quantum Information that leads to MMath, MSc, MASc, and PhD degrees.

The graduate program is designed to provide knowledge of quantum information, including theory and implementations, their home program discipline, and also develop advanced expertise in their particular research area within quantum information. The program is offered in collaboration with:

Students are required to complete the requirements of both their home unit and the specific requirements of the Quantum Information (QI) program to achieve the special QI designation. For example, MMath in Computer Science (Quantum Information), PhD in Chemistry (Quantum Information), MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Quantum Information).

NEW! PHYSICS (SPECIALIZATION IN QUANTUM TECHNOLOGY) COURSE-BASED MSC

This program is a new Master of Science degree in Physics with a specialization in Quantum Technology offered in partnership with the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Transformative Quantum Technologies Program (TQT)  at the University of Waterloo.

This novel 12-month, course-based program is aimed at preparing students with the knowledge and experimental skills to give them the understanding to drive the development and deployment of quantum technology. It will also feature hands-on learning on quantum platforms including superconducting electronics, atomic, molecular and optical systems, and solid state devices. The program will prepare graduates to join the growing quantum industry or to enter PhD programs.

Students will be part of IQC and the Department of Physics and Astronomy's community of over 300 quantum researchers, with access to seminars, outreach programs and labs at the forefront of quantum technology. Through TQT, students will be able to network with industry and startups in quantum technology and participate in independent projects in Quantum Technologies in the state of the art laboratories of IQC's members. Full scholarships covering tuition and living costs will be offered to a limited number of students.

Program requirements: Eight courses including 3 graduate level laboratory courses in Quantum Technologies; academic integrity workshop and module. For more information on program requirements, including courses, visit the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

When applying through the graduate online application system, search for "Physics - MSc (Coursework)" and choose "Quantum Technology" in the "Graduate research field or Graduate specialization" dropdown menu. This program is a course-based MSc and distinct from the thesis-based MSc program. Learn more about the thesis-based option below

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY (QUANTUM INFORMATION) MSC|PHD

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Waterloo is exploring the quantum world broadly with active theoretical and experimental research programs in quantum cryptography and communication, quantum computing and simulation and quantum sensors.  In our state of the art laboratories, we are advancing the field with a diverse array of quantum systems including ultracold atoms and ions, superconductors, photonics, nuclear and electronic spins, neutron interferometry, and quantum dots.

Quantum information is an inherently multidisciplinary field, often overlapping with Quantum Materials and Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics research groups.  The University of Waterloo is a global centre with world-class quantum researchers across campus and within the Waterloo community from other disciplines such as mathematics, computer science, chemistry, and engineering. Graduates receive a 'Quantum Information' designation on their degree.

Some areas of research include:

  • Quantum memory and dark-state polaritons
  • Experimental investigation of spin qubits in quantum dots
  • Exploring nanometer scale quantum phenomena in condensed matter systems
  • Global satellite-based quantum communication
  • Large-scale solid-state quantum simulators and computers for quantum information processing (QIP) and communications

If you have any questions regarding admission or application requirements for the Physics & Astronomy (Quantum Information) MSc and PhD programs please contact the Physics graduate program manager.

Note: This program is a thesis-based MSc and distinct from the course-based MSc program. Learn more about the course-based option above.

CHEMISTRY (QUANTUM INFORMATION) MSC|PHD

This department offers one of the most interdisciplinary and cutting-edge graduate chemistry programs in Canada. Its award-winning faculty member’s research improves the fundamental understanding of the world around us.

The program is designed to provide students with knowledge of quantum information, including both theory and its implementations, advanced expertise in quantum information science and in home program disciplines, as well as training in research. Graduates receive a 'Quantum Information' designation on their degree.

Some areas of research include:

  • Structural, optical, and electronic properties of low-dimensional, quantum materials
  • Experimental investigation of spin qubits in quantum dots
  • Experimental nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) implementations of quantum information processing (QIP)
  • Quantum molecular dynamics simulations

For more information about the Chemistry (Quantum Information) MSc and PhD program, please visit the Department of Chemistry Website. If you have any questions regarding admission or application requirements, the Admissions Coordinator can be reached at the Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING (QUANTUM INFORMATION) MASC|PHD

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is at the core of almost all technology - from the everyday, to the unimaginable. Diverse and talented students come from all over the globe to experience our first-rate faculty, education, and research programs. Graduates from ECE programs are among the most sought after in the world. This collaborative programs is an opportunity to conduct electrical and computer engineering research at the cutting edge of quantum information science.

Research flowing from this department consistently leads to the creation of new patents and prototypes for future market use. ECE faculty members are internationally recognized for their expertise and are holders of many prestigious awards and research chairs. In this program, you will work under the supervision of an Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty member, while gaining perspectives from other disciplines in the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Graduates receive a 'Quantum Information' designation on their degree.

Some areas of research include:

  • Nanophotonics and quantum optics
  • Global satellite-based quantum communication
  • Quantum artificial intelligence and quantum security
  • Semiconductor nanowire quantum light sources
  • Superconducting qubits

If you have any questions regarding admission or application requirements for the Electrical & Computher Engineering (Quantum Information) MASc and PhD programs please complete the following information form.

APPLIED MATH (QUANTUM INFORMATION) MMATH|PHD

Deepen your knowledge of calculus and differential equations: the foundation for most mathematical models. There is a wide range of interdisciplinary research being undertaken which provides a stimulating environment for our graduate programs. The Department of Applied Mathematics is one of five units that comprise the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, which was ranked 20th worldwide in the 2015 QS University Rankings for mathematics. 

Students' research projects involve cutting-edge applications of mathematical theory in a broad range of fundamental and applied sciences. These applications include, for instance, cancer therapy optimization, control of shape memory alloys, fractal image processing, and the study of climate variability, inflationary cosmology, nanotechnology and quantum computing. Graduates receive a 'Quantum Information' designation on their degree.

Some areas of research include:

  • Tests of Gravitational Theory, Black Holes
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Theory of quantum measurement
  • Quantum Gravity and String Theory
  • General relativistic quantum physics

If you have any questions regarding admission or application requirements, contact Samanthi Sooriyabandara at the Applied Mathematics Graduate Office

COMBINATORICS & OPTIMIZATION (QUANTUM INFORMATION) MMATH|PHD

Join the world’s first Combinatorics & Optimization (C&O) department. An intensely research-oriented department, C&O has a strong international reputation in six major areas and the largest concentration of faculty and researchers in the field. Optimization deals with determining the values of variables that maximize or minimize an objective.

Research and teaching in our department emphasizes six areas: algebraic combinatorics, combinatorial/discrete optimization, continuous optimization, cryptography, graph theory, and quantum computing. Graduates receive a 'Quantum Information' designation on their degree.

Some areas of research include:

  • Computational complexity of quantum many-body systems
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Theory of quantum information
  • Fault-tolerant quantum error-correction
  • Quantum cryptography

If you have any questions regarding admission or application requirements, contact Melissa Cambridge at the Combinatorics & Optimization Graduate Office.

COMPUTER SCIENCE (QUANTUM INFORMATION) MMATH|PHD

The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science has an international reputation in teaching, academics, research, and employment. It attracts exceptional students from all over the world to study and conduct research with its award-winning faculty.

The quantum information specilization is a cross-disciplinary degree provided by the Institute for Quantum Computing and a number of departments in the Faculty of Mathematics, including computing, or the Faculties of Engineering and Science. Apply theories from various areas of study to understand and use properties from the quantum world. Graduates receive a 'Quantum Information' designation on their degree.

Some areas of research include:

  • Quantum algorithms
  • Quantum complexity theory
  • Quantum zero-knowledge
  • Theory of quantum information
  • Quantum security models

If you have any questions regarding admission or application requirements, contact Marie Kahkejian for MMath program inquiries or Paula Roser for PhD program inquiries.

PURE MATH (QUANTUM INFORMATION) MMATH|PHD

This department offers exciting and challenging programs leading to MMath and PhD degrees. It has an active research community that is intensely devoted to both ground-breaking research and teaching excellence.

With over 80 faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the department, there is a huge level of research activity covering a wide range of topics in pure mathematics such as algebra, geometry and topology, functional harmonic analysic, mathematical logic, number theory and quantum information. Graduates receive a 'Quantum Information' designation on their degree.

Some areas of research include:

  • Device independent testing and verification
  • Mathematics of quantum information
  • Quantum entanglement
  • Quantum channels

For more information about the Pure Math (Quantum Information) MMath and PhD program, please contact the Graduate Office at the Department of Pure Mathematics

CRYPTOWORKS21 SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING PROGRAM

CryptoWorks21 is a supplemental training program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to develop their technical and professional skills for a successful career in cybersecurity, quantum, and related areas. It is a joint program between the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute.

First-year graduate students and new post-docs in CPI and IQC are especially encouraged to participate in the program.

In 20222023, the CryptoWorks21 program will include:

  • Technical workshops on quantum computing, network and information security, quantum cryptography, and post-quantum cryptography
  • Professional workshops on intellectual property, management and communication
  • An industry networking event


To get more information on the CryptoWorks21 program in general, please visit the CryptoWorks21 website.