Advanced Inquiry Program

A New Master's Degree Opportunity

The Wildlife Conservation Society and Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, are proud to offer a unique and affordable master's degree program for students interested in ecological and social change.

The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is an inquiry-driven learning experience that enables students to complete coursework on the web with Miami instructors while working in-person with world-class WCS experts through exciting experiential learning and field study opportunities at the Bronx Zoo. The AIP is a one-of-a-kind graduate degree that enables students to join an unprecedented national network of leading institutions committed to social and ecological change. The AIP is also an exciting and affordable way to earn a master's degree while maintaining full-time work.

Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits, and graduate programs worldwide. Project Dragonfly is located in the Department of Biology at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio, established in 1809. Miami, listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies, has a long and distinguished record of excellence in research and teaching in science and education.


Enrollment is open to applicants with a bachelor's degree regardless of academic major or profession. It is designed for those with a passion for conservation, wildlife, and community-based work, whether in the field of education, communications, animal care or others.


Applicants elect to enroll in either a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the Biological Sciences or a Master of Arts (MA) in Biology from Miami University. MA and MAT candidates go through the AIP together. Note: The MAT program does not confer a teaching license or certification.


AIP Master's students earn 35 total credit hours: 21 credit hours of AIP Web+ courses that combine web-based instruction with experiential learning on-site at the Bronx Zoo and 14 credit hours of AIP Core Courses that occur on the web. Students also complete a Master Plan and ePortfolio. Up to seven credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course ( may count toward the degree. The AIP can be completed in 2.5 years taking classes part-time while working.


The AIP curriculum provides real-world experiences that also advance district, state, and national educational standards. AIP master's candidates use inquiry not only as a tool for integrated learning, but as a powerful agent for student achievement, public engagement, and ecological stewardship. Participants may choose to develop a portfolio adaptable to National Board Certification.

Estimated Costs

Approximately $4,300 per year for tuition and fees.

Miami University offers substantially reduced tuition for all AIP courses. Under the current financial model, AIP students save more than $34,000 in out-of-state tuition for the degree. Course costs are subject to change.

Further Information

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