PhD Programs

Quantum Science and Engineering

The PhD in Quantum Science and Engineering program provides students with the opportunity to study with some of the most prominent researchers working in both fundamental and applied aspects of quantum science. The program encompasses a variety of engineering topics that will help shape the quantum future. This includes quantum computing, quantum communications, and quantum sensing, as well as research in quantum materials. Students have the option of working with one or more thesis advisors to build a cross-cutting research project that touches multiple disciplines.

Our graduate students work within a growing nexus of quantum research in Chicago, which includes the Chicago Quantum Exchange, two Department of Energy funded national quantum information science research centers Q-NEXT and SQMS, the NSF QuBBE Quantum Leap Challenge Institute, one of the longest ground-based quantum communication channels in the country, and much more.

Students perform their research in state-of-the-art facilities at both the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory campuses, and have opportunities to gain industry expertise through interactions with UChicago’s Booth School of Business and the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, as well as our industry and corporate partners. More opportunities are available through our robust programs in career development and entrepreneurshipscience communicationmentoring training and opportunities, and educational outreach.

Program overview

Learn more about our curriculum structure, inclusive and student-centered approach to education and research, programs to support career development, and more.

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Noah Glachman

Bernien Lab


“Quantum computing has the potential to solve some of the world's biggest problems. I'm proud to be a part of a team here making that happen.”

Anchita Addhya

High Lab


“PME brings these diverse fields together and has this very collaborative environment that I really appreciate.”

José A. Méndez

Awschalom Lab (co-advised by Hannes Bernien)


“Study something that you find interesting and I guarantee we can use you here.”