Quantum information program

The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), offers graduate students unique opportunities to learn about and engage in world-leading research in quantum information through a wide range of advanced research projects and advanced courses on the foundations, applications and implementation of quantum information processing.

IQC has a critical mass of expertise in several major research areas within quantum information, including (but not limited to):

  • Quantum error correction & fault tolerance
  • Quantum complexity
  • Quantum algorithms
  • Quantum information theory
  • Spin-based quantum information processing
  • Nanoelectronics-based quantum information processing
  • Optical quantum information processing
  • Quantum cryptography
  • Ultracold atoms and trapped ions

Faculties offering the Quantum Information program

In particular, we offer a new interdisciplinary graduate program in Quantum Information that leads to MMath, MSc, MASc, and PhD degrees. 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).

MMath, MSc, and MASc students will receive a strong and broad foundation in quantum information science, coupled with knowledge and expertise from their home program. This will prepare them for the workforce or further graduate studies and research leading towards a PhD.

PhD students will be prepared for careers as scholars and researchers, with advanced expertise in quantum information science, along with the focus of their home program. The new program is designed to provide knowledge of quantum information, including theory and implementations, their home program discipline, and also developed advanced expertise in their particular research area within quantum information.

How to apply to a graduate program at the University of Waterloo

For tips and advice on how to apply and next steps please, connect with Waterloo's Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs office.