Program Overview

Quantum Science and Engineering (QSE) is a discipline focused on understanding and exploiting the unusual behavior of particles and excitations governed by the laws of quantum mechanics. QSE is an emerging field set to explode in popularity in the coming years. This program is a truly unique 3-2 dual degree program between West Chester University and the University of Delaware. Students will earn their B.S. in Physics at WCU and their M.S. in Quantum Science and Engineering from UD in just five years. They will be prepared to lead the new QSE generation.


Program Highlights

  • Earn a BS in Physics and MS in Quantum Science and Engineering in just five years.

  • Be at the forefront of an emerging market in quantum computation.

  • Take advantage of a new program being funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  • Learn from a curriculum developed to maximize hands-on, project-based learning, using state-of-the art equipment ranging from semiconductor nanofabrication tools to high performance computers.


What can I do with this degree?

WCU Physics and Engineering alums enjoy careers in research, engineering, academia, secondary education, government, medicine, and law. Some of our recent graduates hold the following job titles: 

  • Quantum Machine Learning Scientist
  • Quantum Software Engineer
  • Qubit Researcher
  • Quantum Control Researcher
  • Quantum Error Correction Researcher
  • Quantum Algorithms Researcher
  • Quantum Cryogenic Engineer
  • Quantum Microwave Engineers
  • Quantum Cryptography Engineer
  • Data Scientist



This 3-2 BS/MS program is the first of its kind in the nation. This new program is being developed using a $4 million NSF grant.

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Haley Buckner (B.S. Physics ’18) is now a first-year doctoral student in Materials Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While at WCU, Haley conducted research with Prof. Kandalam, completed a Nation Science Foundation REU program at Vanderbilt University, and was the president of WCU’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students.