Program Overview

Quantum Information Science (QIS) is a burgeoning field at the cutting edge of education, research, and technology. It brings together scientists and engineers that have traditionally worked in separate disciplines including physics, materials science, electrical engineering, computer science, chemistry, and mathematics.

Recent experimental and theoretical advances in materials, design, fabrication, and control of a range of quantum-mechanical systems have fueled tremendous strides in the field. As a result, QIS now accounts for a substantial fraction of physics research as a whole. Cross-disciplinary aspects and strong links to industry, furthermore, speak to the significant potential impact of QIS on both science and society.


The MOTion Trap - Ultracold molecular ions -
Hudson research group.

The UCLA Master of Quantum Science and Technology (MQST) program prepares students for research and development in quantum technology. Students in the MQST program will learn and strengthen their knowledge of the foundations of quantum mechanics, quantum computing, quantum information, and quantum devices.

They will learn how to work in the laboratory with quantum optics, quantum sensing and materials, and quantum devices, and they will learn the algorithms, languages, and tools of quantum computing. A distinguishing feature of the UCLA MQST program is the significant laboratory component.


Ultracold ytturbium optical lattice force sensor to search for ultralight
dark matter - Hamilton research group.

The program upholds UCLA’s high academic standards, has the support of industrial partners, and gives students the opportunity to interact with faculty experts and to gain hands-on experience in world-leading research and development.


The UCLA Master of Quantum Science and Technology is a one-year, full-time program that begins in Fall and concludes at the end of the following Summer quarter. The program consists of nine courses (36 units), an internship, and a capstone presentation on the internship. The core courses are designed specifically for the MQST program. The MQST curriculum emphasizes breadth and laboratory work and will equip students to apply their skills in diverse settings.

Typical Program Curriculum

Fall Quarter

  • QST 201: Introduction to Quantum Computing (4 units)
  • QST 205: Quantum Programming (4 units)
  • QST 210: Lab Module 1 (4 units)*

Winter Quarter

  • QST 202: Introduction to Quantum Information (4 units)
  • QST 206: Quantum Algorithms (4 units)
  • QST 211: Lab Module 2 (4 units)*

Spring Quarter

  • QST 203: Theory of Quantum Devices (4 units)
  • Elective (4 units)
  • QST 212: Lab Module 3 (4 units)*


Silicon chip-scale photonic devices realize optimized
two-qubit SWAP gates - Chee Wei Wong research group.

*The Lab Modules do not need to be taken in order and may be taught simultaneously. Each Lab Module requires the students to complete approximately five laboratory experiments per quarter. The topics of the experiments are within Quantum Optics, Quantum Sensing and Materials, and Quantum Devices.

Current approved electives

  • Physics 117, 118, 123, 213ABC, 140AB, 241ABC, 221ABC
  • Chemistry 115AB, 215AB, 219S, 219V
  • Computer Science 26, 31, 32, 161
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 10H, 11L, 100, 110, 110H, 110L, 111L, 113, 115ABC, 115AL, 121B, M146, M153, 163A, 163C, 170A, 170B, 163DA


IBM Quantum Dilution Refrigerator
(by IBM Research)
Capstone Project

This class will occur during Summer Session A and consists of a 9-week research experience. Students will either perform research in the group of a UCLA professor (for example, the faculty members of the UCLA Center for Quantum Science and Engineering) or through an approved internship at a QST-related company. During the tenth week of this session, the students will prepare and present their research and be evaluated on an oral exam.