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Quantum Information Science & Engineering

Master of Science


of All Higher-Ed Institutions

-Center for World University Rankings, 2022


In Best Value Among Arizona's Public Universities

- Payscale, 2022

Quick Facts

Credits Required: 32
Cost Per Credit: $1330
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Wyant College of Optical Sciences

Program Details

The University of Arizona is a recognized leader in Quantum Information Science, where we are developing the future quantum workforce, a priority for the United States. Now you can enter this high-demand field through the Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) graduate program, an emphasis area of the general MS in Optical Sciences program in the Wyant College of Optical Sciences. The Optical Sciences MS - Quantum Information Science and Engineering (QISE) emphasis is a national model in QISE education, designed to train a transdisciplinary workforce -- spanning Optics, Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, and Math -- while exposing students to the social, ethical, and legal implications of QI technology.

Unique to the program is a balance across theoretical and online lab experiences with a curriculum that combines tailored courses (required and electives) in quantum mechanics, information theory, computer science, optics and materials, algorithms, and communications system engineering with experiential courses in law and social sciences, and laboratory courses. Students enrolled in the program will be affiliated with the NSF-ERC Center for Quantum Networks, where the University of Arizona is leading this effort to build the quantum internet, along with ten partner institutions worldwide.

With over 80 courses taught by faculty who are leaders in the field (see our full course list) and faculty research spanning everything from medical technologies to communications to space exploration, our Master of Science in Optical Sciences programs, including the QISE emphasis, offer students the flexibility to take the program full-time or part-time from anywhere around the globe.

The College of Optical Sciences program offers info sessions. The info sessions are held by OSC graduate students and will cover what it’s like to be a graduate student in the OSC program. Full details on info sessions can be found here

Upcoming Information Session:

  • December 14th 2023 from 4-5 PM
  • January 3rd 2024 from 4 to 5 PM
  • January 8th 2024 from 5 to 6 PM

Must have completed Calculus I, II, and III, including Vector Calculus, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


This emphasis requires a set of required courses, elective courses, and laboratory courses. At least two electives must be lab courses. The courses for this program include:

OPTI 544: Foundations of Quantum Optics
OPTI 560: Quantum Nanophotonics
OPTI 570: Quantum Mechanics
OPTI 594: How to design, make, and use quantum photonic integrated circuits
OPTI 647: Photonic Quantum Information Processing
ECE 635: Error Correction
LAW 695: Special topics in the Law: The Past and Future Internet­



Earning your Master of Science in Quantum Information Science & Engineering will build core skills, including:

  • Quantum equipment theoretical experience
  • Quantum equipment hands-on experience
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Information theory
  • Computer science
  • Optics and materials
  • Algorithms
  • Communications system engineering

Graduates of the Optomechanical Engineering MS will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Hardware design
  • Medical and biomedical technology
  • Lasers and electro-optical systems
  • Fiber optics and communications
  • Measurements
  • Manufacturing
  • Consumer technology