Enrollment and Admissions

A: The official application deadline for Fall 2022 is March 15, 2022. If you have questions about the application process and timelines, please email apply@qst.ucla.edu with your inquiry. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by email. Applicants may also check their status through the Online Decision Status for Graduate Admission.

Please refrain from contacting our office regarding admission decisions (while we may send a courtesy email with a recommendation of admission, only official notification from the dean of the UCLA Graduate Division constitutes approval of admission).

A: An applicant submits the online Application for Graduate Admission with a nonrefundable application fee. The applicant uploads transcripts, supplemental information, department-specific material (such as a portfolio), statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. The applicant’s information then becomes available online to the graduate program. View General FAQs from the Graduate Division.

A: The program is open to all qualified applicants, including early career professionals. Please check the admissions requirements for details. Prior work experience in the area of study is not mandatory.

A: Yes, this is a recurring program and we will provide updates on application timelines for each year on the website. Current juniors are encouraged to explore admissions criteria if they intend to apply in their senior year.

A: The degree is meant to be completed in one calendar year (fall, winter, spring and summer), and will launch on campus in Fall 2022. We will monitor Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 guidelines carefully and will notify students accepted into the program if there are any changes to the schedule.

A: The program will not be launched if the campus remains under remote instruction. Safety of our students and faculty is our top priority. At present, we think the campus will return to in-person instruction by next fall, but we will continue to monitor local public health guidelines carefully. Ultimately, we want our students to experience our beautiful campus where they can have peer-to-peer and student-faculty interactions in person, as well as industry networking opportunities. We believe that our on-campus program will help our students learn from one another and enrich their educational experience.

A: Attendance in the program is meant to be full time, on campus, for one year. Please consult your employer if you intend to continue working while enrolled in the program.

A: The program’s annual tuition for 2022-2023 will be approximately $50,000, plus fees charged by the campus for all students. The exact tuition and fee structure for 2022-2023 will be made available on our website when it becomes available. As campus fees can vary by degree and academic year, please visit the Registrar’s Office for more information. Note that MQST is a self-supporting degree program and has a different fee structure than state-supported programs at UCLA. Click here for more information about self-supporting degree program fees.

A: Limited financial support for need-based, underrepresented students will be considered after March 15 on a case-by-case basis. Students in self-supporting programs such as MQST are limited in their eligibility for certain types of fellowships and financial aid such as Graduate Division or University Foundation funding, and state-funded fellowships/scholarships. However you CAN apply for extramural funding awarded directly to you and federally subsidized and un-subsidized loans subject to your eligibility. The Graduate division maintains this list of extramural funding opportunities.

Coursework and degree requirements

A: The program consists of three academic quarters and a summer quarter capstone project. In each academic quarter the student will take one core theory class providing a deep graduate level foundation in quantum information science, one specialization class surveying the current state of the art in algorithms, applications, physical realizations of quantum technology, and a laboratory class providing hands on practical experience with experimental techniques and tools of quantum science and technology.

A: Students must successfully complete 36 quarter units of graduate courses as described in the program requirements and a capstone project (four units).

A: There is no requirement for a thesis, but students are expected to successfully complete a capstone project. This will entail the student completing a 9-week internship with an approved quantum-related company or academic research laboratory, turning in a project report, and giving a successful oral presentation describing their work.

A: This will be a letter-grade only program.

International Students

A: Yes, international students are welcome to apply. By the time you finish the program, you will have remained on the UCLA campus for three consecutive quarters, thus meeting the criteria for OPT. More information can be obtained on the Dashew Center website.

A: Yes, if an international student is unable to secure a visa due to COVID-19 restrictions, the student can defer enrollment to the following academic year. Information about COVID-19 is regularly updated on the Dashew Center website.

A: There is no quota for international students.

General Interest

A: Your diploma will show a “Master of Quantum Science and Technology” degree awarded by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the UCLA College of Physical Sciences.

A: The faculty will all be Professors from the UCLA College's Division of Physical Sciences or the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. Each have active research groups in one or another area of Quantum Information Science.

A: The Master of Quantum Science of Technology is a terminal professional degree program. It is designed to prepare students for employment in the rapidly growing quantum science field in private industry, national labs, and government.

A: Our program is designed to prepare students to be productive on day-one in a new job in industry, and provide them with a deep and broad understanding of the field. It is also designed to provide students the opportunity to learn about and particpate in the varied areas of quantum science and technology, making them far better candidates for the workforce upon completion of the program.