Education and Training

Undergraduate and Graduate Education

CQE institutions play an important role in educating future quantum scientists and engineers. Our community of universities and laboratories provides undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to discover and develop knowledge in quantum-related fields.

Students can find training opportunities in quantum information science at the institutions included below, where many students participate in research collaborations at Fermilab and Argonne. Students can also take advantage of internship opportunities with our industry partners.

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The University of Chicago

The University of Chicago offers bachelor’s and Ph.D. degrees in quantum information science and engineering (QISE) fields through the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) and the Physical Science Division (PSD). 

For undergraduates, PME’s molecular engineering major offers a quantum track, one of the first initiatives worldwide to formally educate quantum engineers at the undergraduate level, and is offered in close collaboration with the PSD. The PME at the University of Chicago also offers one of the nation's first PhD programs in quantum science and engineering. The program aims to ready the next generation of scientists and engineers who will lead advancements in this rapidly growing field. Find more information here

The University also hosts the national Quantum Information Science and Engineering Network (QISE-NET) for graduate students in the field.


University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Illinois Quantum Information Science and Technology Center (IQUIST) is establishing quantum information science-focused educational programs that will prepare tomorrow’s quantum-smart workforce to meet technological challenges beyond the digital age.

Additionally, students currently pursue degrees that focus on quantum information science and engineering (QISE) within the university’s physics, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, and math departments—tackling a variety of QISE-related topics.


University of Wisconsin–Madison

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is training students to have a broad base of expertise that will equip them to make a high impact in quantum information science.

Through its Wisconsin Quantum Institute, UW–Madison offers Ph.D. programs in quantum-related fields and offers an accelerated Master of Science in Physics – Quantum Computing (MSPQC). This master’s program is the first of its kind in the United States. Students in the programs also have access to numerous professional development opportunities through UW–Madison’s membership in the Chicago Quantum Exchange, the National Science Foundation’s Quantum Leap Challenge Institute, HQAN, and the Department of Energy’s Q-NEXT Center.


Northwestern University

Northwestern University’s Initiative at Northwestern for Quantum Information Research and Engineering (INQUIRE) is dedicated to developing talented undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees to build a highly skilled, cross-disciplinary quantum workforce able to discover and apply new knowledge to address important scientific and societal challenges.

Undergraduate and graduate opportunities include, but are not limited to, the Applied Physics Graduate Program; undergraduate research opportunities at the Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.