Quantum Computing Fundamentals

Understand quantum computing and how it will transform business in this two-course program from MIT

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The quantum computer could have profound applications in business and change the very way we think about information. Learn how in this online program from MIT.

  • START DATE November 11, 2019 More Dates
  • TIME COMMITMENT 4-6 hours per week
  • DURATION 4 weeks per course
  • FORMAT Online
  • PRICE $2,149


Discover the business and technical implications of the new frontier in computing and how you can apply them to your organization with this two-course program from MIT.
  • Describe one substantial difference between quantum and classical computation.
  • Assess at least one potential business application for quantum computation.
  • Understand engineering challenges currently faced by developers of real quantum computers.
  • Evaluate one key technology requirement for quantum computers to be able to function properly.
  • Become comfortable with the mathematical description of quantum states and basic quantum operations.
  • Discern potential performance gains enabled by quantum algorithms, over classical algorithms, for cybersecurity, chemistry, and optimization.
  • Gain proficiency with the engineering requirements for implementing quantum vs classical algorithms.
  • Familiarize yourself with scientific limits faced by quantum algorithms for chemistry and optimization.
  • Summarize the technology requirements for quantum computers to be able to run realistically large quantum algorithms.

Who Should Enroll

  • Professionals and leaders in business, government, and technology that need to get an understanding of the business and technical implications of quantum computing.

  • Any interested participant with basic knowledge of vector and matrix multiplication as linear algebra is at the core of quantum computing algorithms.

  • More technical professionals, scientists, and researchers can dive deeper into the practical applications of quantum in the next MIT xPRO two-course program Quantum Computing Realities.

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How you will learn

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    Worried about work/life balance?

    Learn online - when and where you would like.

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    Earn a Professional Certificate and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from MIT.

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    Need a network?

    Connect with an international community of professionals interested in quantum computing.

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    Looking to innovate?

    Gain insights from leading MIT faculty and industry experts while interacting with the IBM Q Experience, a platform for experimenting with and advancing quantum computing.

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    Ready for feedback?

    Benefit from a robust, collaborative learning environment.

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    Interested in the latest trends?

    Access cutting edge, research-based content developed by MIT professors, industry experts, and business leaders.

What learners and companies are saying

Hear what other professionals have to say about this program.

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Pravin Kumarappan, Platform Architect, Worldpay

I had high expectations and they were adequately met! The content was just what I'd hoped.


Charles Middleton, Principal Investigator, Harris Corporation

Great starting point for gaining deeper knowledge in more focused areas of quantum information science.

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Kyle Thompson, Mechanical Engineer, MIT Lincoln Labs

These courses help me gain perspective and will allow me to be more conversational with my quantum peers.

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Rajendra Polavarapu, Senior Consultant, Cognizant Tech Solutions US Corp

[I liked] learning how quantum computing can impact people and organizations behaviors toward computation and simulation of problems.

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Donna Yost, Engineer, MIT Lincoln Labs

[The course had] significant impact on my understanding of quantum integration challenges and opportunities.

MIT Faculty & Industry Experts

Meet your instructors

Isaac Chuang

Isaac Chuang

Professor of Physics, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Senior Associate Dean of Digital Learning at MIT

William Oliver

William Oliver

Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Professor of the Practice, Physics, Laboratory Fellow, Lincoln Laboratory, Associate Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT

Peter Shor

Peter Shor

Morss Professor of Applied Mathematics, Applied Mathematics Committee Chair, Quantum Computation, Quantum Information at MIT

Aram Harrow

Aram Harrow

Associate Professor of Physics at MIT

Courses In this Program

To earn a Professional Certificate and CEUs, you must complete the two courses in the program. For those who do not want to commit to the full program, courses can be taken on an individual basis for a certificate of completion and CEUs. Savings apply when enrolling into the full program.

Introduction to Quantum Computing Introduction to Quantum Computing

Course 1 of 2 in the Quantum Computing Fundamentals online program

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Quantum Computing Algorithms for Cybersecurity, Chemistry, and Optimization Quantum Computing Algorithms for Cybersecurity, Chemistry, and Optimization

Course 2 of 2 in the Quantum Computing Fundamentals online program

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