Welcome to the Distance Learning Program


UC Davis Distance Learning Program (DLP) classes are available to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) employees. Typically, full-time staff 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 employees can arrange their schedules to accommodate more course units, completing their degrees in less time.

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.
  • Consult with your lab’s Education Program Leader to verify your eligibility and to understand how assistance is provided.
  • Work closely with the graduate coordinator for the program you are interested in. These staff advisers are in the best position to advise you on prerequisites, course progression and requirements for admission to a graduate program. They can also be instrumental in helping to identify an appropriate research adviser.

Currently, DLP classes are available to LLNL and SNL employees only. Please note that while the program may be an option for SNL employees in New Mexico, travel to the Davis campus in California may be required.

NEW! Distance Learning Program Student Guide


To obtain answers to your questions about the program, please contact:

Alin Wakefield
Research & Graduate Studies Development Coordinator
College of Engineering Dean’s Office
1042 Kemper Hall
University of California, Davis
(530) 752-1650

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