Undergraduate and Graduate Education

CQE institutions play an important role in the education of 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.


University of Chicago

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

Undergraduate majors include physics, chemistry, computer science, and molecular engineering. The quantum track of PME’s molecular engineering major is 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 graduate program is also one of the first in the nation to offer a quantum engineering focus. Graduate students train with faculty members across the PME, the James Franck Institute, the Department of Physics, the Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Computer Science. Graduates have gone on to careers with leading organizations such as Google, IBM, and Intel.


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at 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 QIS within the university’s physics, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, and math departments—tackling a variety of QIS-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 QIS.

Through its Wisconsin Quantum Institute, UW-Madison offers a Ph.D. program in quantum-related fields, and also offers a master’s degree in quantum computing, the first such program in the United States.


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. 

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, and summer training programs for middle-school, high-school, and community-college teachers.