MSc Physics – Quantum Technology specialization (course-based)

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Gain skills to drive the development of quantum technologies and join the quantum industry.

Program overview

Applications due January 9, 2024

Earn a Master of Science degree in Physics with a specialization in Quantum Technology at the University of Waterloo. Students in this program will graduate with the specialized knowledge and experimental skills needed to join the growing quantum industry or enter PhD programs.

This is a 12-month, course-based degree program, offered in partnership with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Transformative Quantum Technologies Program (TQT) at the University of Waterloo.

  • Join the community of over 300 quantum researchers at the Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Physics and Astronomy.
  • Take part in seminars, outreach programs and labs at the forefront of quantum technology.
  • Network with industry and startups in quantum technology though connections at TQT.
  • Participate in independent projects in Quantum Technologies in the state-of-the-art laboratories of IQC's members. 

By emphasizing hands-on learning with quantum platforms, this program will equip graduates with the familiarity and understanding to drive the development and deployment of quantum technologies.

Program requirements

This is the only course-based option for an MSc in Physics at the University of Waterloo.

Requirements to complete this degree include:

  • Eight one-term courses in graduate level Quantum Technologies, including three laboratory courses.
  • Academic integrity workshop and module.
  • An average of at least 70% in the required courses. A minimum grade of 65% is required for a pass in each course. No more than 2 of the first 4 courses taken, can have averages of less than 70%.

For more information on program requirements, including a list of required courses, visit the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.


Students must meet the admission requirements for an MSc degree in Physics, as outlined on the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar.

This program begins each fall term and runs September through to August of each year. Courses are delivered on campus only, and the program is a full-time course load.

Applications are open until the beginning of January of each year, for enrolment in September. Please see the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs Future Student’s webpage for application deadlines. Note that while applications for the thesis-based degree option are open three times a year, applications for this course-based degree program are limited to a fall term start only.

Full scholarships covering tuition and living costs will be offered to a limited number of students.

Apply through the graduate online application system. When applying, 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.

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Experience hands-on learning with quantum platforms during three graduate level laboratory courses.

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Develop your research capacity with the Independent Project in Quantum Technology option.

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Gain the skills needed to join the growing quantum industry in just 12 months.