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MSPQC students have a dedicated office and group work space in Chamberlin Hall

MSPQC — Current Students

Program Overview

The M.S. in Physics-Quantum Computing requires the completion of 30 credits, of which at least 15 must be at the graduate level.  Three courses in quantum computing: Physics 707, 709, and 779 are required. An overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained. For further details of our requirements and a suggested curriculum, see below.

The tuition for this program is $1,600/ credit hour.  Students in this program cannot accept research assistantships, teaching assistantships, project assistantships or other university appointments that grant waivers of tuition and/or academic fees.

Credits: Students must take a total of 30 credits, or which 15 or more must be at the graduate level, defined as courses that carry the “Graduate 50% Y” standing. All students must complete Physics 709, Physics 779, and Physics 707.

Courses: Courses for the degree are all offered by the Physics Department. Courses offered by other departments will be allowed only in exceptional circumstances, and must be approved by the MSPQC Committee.

Grades: Students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Advising: Students will work with MSPQC faculty to develop a plan of study. Students will meet with a MSPQC faculty advisor soon after they arrive to do this. The plan will be tailored to the needs of the individual.

Residence requirement: A minimum of 16 graduate credits must be earned in residence at UW–Madison.

Time limit: This program is designed to be completed in one year. In exceptional circumstances, the Chair of the MSQPC Committee may allow an extension of up to two years total.

SUGGESTED CURRICULUM Fall Semester: Physics 709 Introduction to Quantum Computing (required, 3 credits) Physics 531 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics or 731 Quantum Mechanics (3 credits) Physics 415 Thermal Physics or 715 Statistical Mechanics (3 credits) Physics Elective (numbered 300 or higher, 3 credits) Spring Semester: Physics 779 Advanced Quantum Computing (required, 3 credits) Physics 551 Solid State Physics or 751 Advanced Solid State Physics (3 credits) Physics 449 Atomic and Quantum Physics or 545 Introduction to Atomic Structure (3 credits) Physics Elective (numbered 300 or higher, 3 credits) Summer Semester: Physics 707 Quantum Computing Laboratory (required, 4 credits) Physics 799 Directed Study (2 credits)