Advanced Inquiry Program

A New Master's Degree Opportunity for Educators

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 allowing participants to take classes in-person from WCS faculty at the Bronx Zoo and on the web from Miami University faculty. Students can also earn seven credits from an Earth Expedition field course. AIP is 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. AIP master's students join a growing alliance of education, environmental, and community leaders. The AIP is a one-of-a-kind graduate degree co-delivered by major community institutions committed to local, national, and global change. 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.


Participants take 21 credit hours at WCS facilities and 14 credit hours on the web through Miami University. All 35 hours have coursework via web-based learning communities. Students also complete a Master's Portfolio. 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 $3,800 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.

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