Be at the Forefront of Tomorrow's Quantum Workforce

Learn the basics of quantum information science in an accelerated format with UChicago's Certificate Program in Quantum Science and Engineering.

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  • Format: Remote
  • Cost: $3,000
  • Requirements: Ten or more years of experience; Master's degree or above recommended
  • Please Note: The University of Chicago reserves the right to remove and refund registrants that do not meet the educational and professional requirements necessary to participate in this course.

The rapidly emerging field of quantum engineering has the power to transform cybersecurity, materials development, computing, and other research areas, but jobs within the field require specific knowledge of quantum science and engineering and their potential applications.

Companies in the communications, electronics, optics, and materials industries are examining how to quickly and effectively build a quantum-ready workforce. Many existing scientists and engineers have fundamental and domain-specific knowledge that makes them prime candidates for careers in quantum engineering and technology with only limited retraining. Companies and industry professionals from outside quantum engineering are demanding opportunities for professional development that will enable them to switch from classical to quantum industrial roles.

The University of Chicago is responding to these emerging needs by launching certificate programs in quantum engineering and technology. This program is designed for individuals with ten or more years of professional experience or equivalent education.

Designed For

Designed for electrical and other engineers, materials scientists, and physicists with backgrounds in classical physics and engineering, this course will benefit those who work in materials and communications engineering research and development.

Learning Objectives

  • Obtain a working understanding of the basic principles of quantum mechanics relevant to quantum technologies
  • Develop an understanding of a range of quantum technologies. including quantum computing, communication, and sensing; explore how these ideas and modalities will impact a broad set of industries both in the near and long term
  • Learn how quantum computing can be leveraged to address a range of practical computational problems; develop an appreciation for the prospects and challenges for devising new applications
  • Develop a detailed understanding of state-of-the-art quantum sensing techniques, their potential for future development, and their application to wide range of fields, including materials and device characterization
  • Explore quantum technology's impacts on secure communication and cryptography
  • Students will complete assessments at the end of each day about the course material 

About the Chicago Quantum Exchange

The Chicago Quantum Exchange is an intellectual hub and community of researchers with the common goal of advancing academic and industrial efforts in the science and engineering of quantum information. The hub aims to promote the exploration of quantum information technologies and the development of new applications.

Based at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, the Chicago Quantum Exchange provides an avenue for collaborations, joint projects, and information exchange between members and partners. It is anchored by the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and includes the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University, and industry partners.


About the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) integrates science and engineering to address global challenges from the molecular level up. In the University of Chicago tradition of rigorous inquiry, we ask crucial scientific questions that have real-world implications. Our work applies molecular-level science to the design of advanced devices, processes, and technologies. Organized by interdisciplinary research themes, we aim to develop solutions to urgent societal problems, such as water and energy resources, information security, and human health.

The program was established as the Institute for Molecular Engineering in 2011 by the University in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory. In 2019, in recognition of the institute’s success, impact and expansion, and the support of the Pritzker Foundation, the institute was elevated to the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering—the first school in the nation dedicated to this emerging field.

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Cancellation Policy

Our programs require advance preparation and demand often exceeds capacity, so it is important that you contact us in a timely manner if you must cancel your attendance. To receive a full refund. notice of cancellation must be received more than 30 days in advance of the program start date. Cancellations received between thirty and fourteen days in advance are eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellations received less than fourteen days in advance of the program are not eligible for a refund.

The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel a program at any time for any reason. In the unlikely event of a program cancellation, paid program fees will be refunded, but the university is not responsible for any travel or other related expenses accrued by the program registrant. For more information, please contact

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Our remote learning programs are crafted with your specific needs in mind. Programs combine e-learning with live, interactive sessions to strengthen your skill set while maximizing your time. We couple academic theory and business knowledge with practical real-world application. Through remote learning sessions, you will have an opportunity to grow your professional network and interact with University of Chicago instructors and your classmates.