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Quantum Computing

Graduate Certificate (GCERT)

Course-based program

Program overview

The Graduate Certificate in Quantum Computing is intended to provide an introduction to the essentials of quantum computing software, applications, and use cases, and an introduction to how quantum computing is used in industry with a focus on adoption of systems, structure and economics for platforms, and impacts to organizations. As quantum computing technology moves from a theoretical state to one available for commercial use, the certificate program will provide critical expertise and foundational knowledge in applicability and how quantum technologies can integrate with existing IT infrastructure in industrial settings.

Completing this program

Completing the Graduate Certificate in Quantum Computing requires 4 courses consisting of:

Laddered Pathway

Students may complete a laddered pathway from the Graduate Certificate to the Graduate Diploma.

Each of the credentials can be completed full-time or part-time.

Students can choose to apply directly to one of the credentials or complete the individual credentials.

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Quantum Computing may receive laddering credit for the 12 units of coursework completed in the certificate program if they are subsequently accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Quantum Computing program within 5 years of beginning the certificate.



  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Cybersecurity
  • Marketing And Advertising
  • AI Training
  • Financial Services/Investing
  • Logistics/Supply Chain Management
  • Healthcare
  • National Security

Graduates of the Certificate in Quantum Computing will help to direct strategic development and deployment through their understanding of quantum software and hardware, applications, and the implementation and use cases for quantum computing. In the case of new graduates, they will be well-positioned to join teams preparing for transitions to quantum computing. Mid-career professionals will bring training gained through the certificate program to bear on their experience and expertise, greatly enhancing their ability to provide consulting, strategic planning, and project management contributions to organizations. The program supports in-service professionals as well as those who are transitioning between or back into technology sector positions as upskilling or reskilling talent.

Classroom Delivery

Time commitment

4 months. Maximum time to complete program is 2 years.


An Academic Coordinator is assigned to each cohort in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma.

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission requirements


A minimum admission grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent calculated on the last 60 units completed.

Minimum education

A four-year Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Successful completion of:

  • 3-unit undergraduate course in linear algebra (MATH 211 or equivalent)
  • 3-unit undergraduate course in computer programming (CPSC 231 or CPSC 217 or equivalent, or demonstrated equivalent professional experience in computer programming)

Work samples



Resume or CV

Prerequisite Learning PDF

Reference letters


Test scores


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


Winter Admission

  • September 1: International applicants
  • December 1 :  Canadian/Permanent Residents

Fall Admission

  • November 1:  Application start
  • March 26:  Deadline for International applicants
  • july 12:  Deadline for Canadian/Permanent Residents

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Faculty of Science

Science A 229

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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