Quantum Computing Realities

Dive deeper into the practical applications of quantum computing in this two-course program from MIT.

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  • START DATE October 2, 2023 More Dates
  • TIME COMMITMENT 3-5 hours per week
  • DURATION 4 weeks per course
  • FORMAT Online
  • PRICE $2,319


Understand the true possibilities and advantages of quantum computing while getting hands-on experience in this two-course online program.

  • Familiarize with the practical tradeoffs between trapped ion and superconducting qubit implementations of quantum computers.
  • Gain proficiency with the typical coherence times and quantum gate counts achievable with leading quantum computer implementations.
  • Summarize the physical limits for quantum coherence times and quantum communication limits over optical fibers.
  • Become comfortable with the mathematical description of quantum states and basic quantum operations.
  • Familiarize yourself with quantum states, density matrices and basic quantum operations.
  • Evaluate technology options for realizing quantum computers and quantum communication systems using atoms, photons, and superconductors.
  • Describe the conceptual role of fault-tolerance in realizing large-scale quantum and classical computation.
  • Gain knowledge of one quantum error correction code, and its code parameters.
  • Familiarize yourself with the scientific basis for families of quantum error correction codes.
  • Understand the different strategies for counteracting systematic versus random error in quantum computation.

Who Should Enroll

  • Technical professionals, scientists, and researchers.

  • Professionals and leaders in business, government, and technology that need to get a better understanding of the practical realities 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.

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How you will learn

What learners and companies are saying

Hear what other professionals have to say about this program.

Pravin Kumarappan

Pravin Kumarappan, Platform Architect, Worldpay

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

Charles Middleton

Charles Middleton, Principal Investigator, Harris Corporation

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

Kyle Thompson

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.

Rajendra Polavarapu

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.

Donna Yost

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

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Professor of 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


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.

Practical Realities of Quantum Computation and Quantum Communication Practical Realities of Quantum Computation and Quantum Communication

Course 1 of 2 in the Quantum Computing Realities online program.

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Requirements for Large-Scale Universal Quantum Computation Requirements for Large-Scale Universal Quantum Computation

Course 2 of 2 in the Quantum Computing Realities online program

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