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Welcome to the Distance Learning Program

UC Davis Distance Learning Program (DLP) classes are broadcast via the Internet to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) students and employees. Typically, full time professional engineers at LLNL and SNL enroll in one course per quarter; thus, a master's degree program takes approximately three years and a doctoral degree program takes approximately five to six years to complete. Some LLNL and SNL engineers can arrange their schedules to accommodate more course units, completing their degrees in less time. A Graduate Engineering Certificate is also an option and can be obtained upon completion of required courses and units.

Embarking on a graduate program in addition to working full-time at LLNL and SNL can be especially challenging. Therefore, obtaining support is the key to your success. Involve your supervisor in your planning. Ask Carol Musto, LLNL site coordinator ( or Kristy Sibert, SNL ( and department graduate advisers for assistance in planning your total and quarterly programs.

Other students are an additional source of support. We encourage you to network with other LLNL and SNL distance learning students. Forming study groups can help you work through course assignments, as well as enhance the learning experience. The DLP staff can assist you in making contact, either by telephone or e-mail, with other DLP students. Another source of support are DLP faculty and administrators. Faculty encourage you to communicate directly with them regarding academic questions related to the courses.

Currently, DLP classes are available to LLNL and SNL employees only.

To obtain answers to your questions about the program, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail.


Jan Neff, Program Coordinator
College of Engineering
Distance Learning Program
1124 Bainer Hall
University of California
Davis CA 95616-5294
Phone: (530) 752-2850
Fax: (530) 752-8058