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Quantum Computing Fundamentals

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 xPRO.

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The Quantum Computing Revolution is Upon Us

Like the first digital computers, quantum computers offer the possibility of technology exponentially more powerful than current systems. They stand to change companies, entire industries, and the world by solving problems that seem impossible today.

A recent report by Gartner states that by 2023, 20% of organizations will be budgeting for quantum computing projects. As this new technology develops, organizations will face a shortage of quantum computing experts. 

The time to learn about quantum computing is now. Discover the business and technical implications of this new frontier in computing and how you can apply quantum computing to your organization with this two-course program from MIT.

Prepare for the future of quantum computing online with MIT.


Describe the differences between quantum and classical computation.

Discern potential performance gains of quantum vs. classical algorithms.

Assess the business applications of quantum computation.

Understand engineering challenges currently faced by developers of quantum computers.

Become proficient with engineering requirements for quantum vs classical algorithm implementation.

Discern the scientific limits of quantum algorithms for chemistry and optimization.

Determine technical requirements for quantum computers to run realistically large quantum algorithms.


Evaluate key technology requirements for quantum computers to be able to function properly.

Understand the mathematical description of quantum states and basic quantum operations.

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“[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.”

This Course is For You If...

You are a professional or leader in business, government, or  technology looking to gain an understanding of the business and technical implications of quantum computing.

You have a basic understanding of linear algebra, vector and matrix multiplication, and quantum mechanics.

Past learners job titles have included: Cybersecurity consultant, computer scientist, data scientist, physicist, financial security manager, DoD security expert, NOAA data analyst, professor, data security specialist, mobile technology CEO, video game designer, financial analyst.


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Isaac Chuang

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


William Oliver

Henry Ellis Warren (1894) Professor, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Professor of Physics, Former Laboratory Fellow, Lincoln Laboratory (2003-2023), Associate Director, Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT


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


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If you are a technical professional, scientist, or researcher who is already aware of quantum computing basics, dive deeper into the practical applications of quantum in the next MIT xPRO two-course program, Quantum Computing Realities.