Engineering Sciences MS: Quantum Science & Nanotechnology

Over the course of the past half century, and driven by continuous innovation in the semiconductor industry, we have witnessed a remarkable evolution in computer technology, which has revolutionized all aspects of our daily life. Today, however, we stand at the dawn of an even more profound revolution, which will see computer technology expand dramatically beyond its current horizons. This will be made possible by the emergence of new generations of “quantum computers”, which utilize purely quantum-mechanical principles to achieve massive enhancements in performance. Realizing this promise requires the next generation of electrical engineers to gain broad interdisciplinary training, in areas of quantum physics, nanoscale devices and quantum materials.

Recognizing this, the objective of this MS degree in Engineering Sciences is to provide students with such a cross-cutting education that will enable them to ultimately become effective contributors to the quantum revolution. Building on a solid foundation of instruction in quantum mechanics and solid-state electronics, the curriculum introduces students to foundational concepts of quantum computing, while also discussing the role of nanotechnology for emerging scalable hardware realizations in this exciting field.

Engineering Sciences MS: Quantum Science & Nanotechnology

The Engineering Science – MS (Quantum Science and Nanotechnology) is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with cutting-edge training in the emerging area of quantum technologies in response to technological advances. This program is unique in that it provides advanced training in the related underlying physics while combining this knowledge to acquire new cutting edge innovative skills in engineering and information sciences.

Graduates of the program will be well prepared for careers in the rapidly emerging quantum technology industries which continue to play an increasingly important role in: quantum computing and communication; quantum sensing; the simulation of quantum systems; and advanced transistor concepts. The training obtained in this program will prepared graduate for positions necessary in the development of quantum technologies in industry, research institutions and government laboratories.

Entrance Requirements

  • Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Materials Engineering/Science or a closely related field.
  • Undergraduate Grade Point Average: equivalent of a B or 3.0 (on a US scale) average or better from a regionally accredited institution.
  • GRE is not required, but recommended.

Degree Program Specifics

Students will take 10 courses for a total of 30 credits.  Most students complete the program in three semesters.

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Course Requirements

Year 1, Fall

EE 518: Quantum Mechanics for Engineers

EE 563: Semiconductor Materials

Elective I

PHY 527: Solid-State Physics I


Year 1, Spring

EE 530: Fundamentals of Solid-State Devices

EE 520: Quantum Computing & Devices

EE 539: Principles of Information Theory & Coding

Elective II


Year 2, Fall

PHY XXX: Physics of quantum information and quantum computing

Elective III


Elective Classes

EE 524: Introduction to Nanoelectronics (Fall)

EE 555: Photonic Devices (Fall)

EE 638: Quantum Materials & Devices (Spring)

PHY 528: Solid-State Physics II (Spring)

Special Topics: Introduction to 2D Electronics (TBD)

MDI 501: Introduction to Materials Design & Informatics (Fall)

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