The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) offers a ground-breaking graduate degree co-delivered by some of the nation's premiere community and learning institutions. AIP students take courses at an AIP Master Institution while sharing ideas and developing projects with fellow students and faculty nationwide via web-based learning communities. 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. AIP students join an unprecedented national partnership committed to social and ecological change. AIP Master's candidates also have the option to integrate international field study into their coursework by choosing from Earth Expeditions courses in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas (7 credits from Earth Expeditions courses can count toward the AIP Master's degree).
The AIP is based on the principle that education should extend beyond the classroom, and that students should make a difference--not just after graduation, but now, as a basic function of education itself. The AIP curriculum provides real-world experiences that advance district, state, and national educational standards through research-based practices for student achievement in core content areas. The AIP builds on the participatory education approaches of the NSF-funded Project Dragonfly, which reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven programs, public exhibits, and graduate courses worldwide. AIP Master's students practice the skills of investigation, critical reflection, leadership, and collaboration required to effectively address the vital issues of our time.
|Chicago||The Chicago Zoological Society--Brookfield Zoo (Visit Site)|
|Cincinnati||Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (Visit Site)|
|Cleveland||Cleveland Metroparks Zoo (Visit Site)|
|Denver||Denver Zoo (Visit Site)|
|Phoenix||Phoenix Zoo (Visit Site)|
|San Diego||San Diego Zoo Global (Visit Site)|
|New York||Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo (Visit Site)|
|Seattle||Woodland Park Zoo (Visit Site)|
Enrollment is open to applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree--regardless of academic major or profession--and who are able to travel to an AIP Master Institution, currently located in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle. Coursework occurs at Master Institutions and on the web.
The AIP Master’s can be completed part-time while working. It’s designed for educators and a broad range of professionals from non-profit, business, and government settings.
Applicants elect to enroll in either a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in the Biological Sciences or a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Biology (see program details). MA and MAT candidates go through the Advanced Inquiry Program together.
Note: Some courses, for example the Earth Expeditions courses, can be taken for stand-alone graduate credit outside the degree program. Additionally, select courses at AIP Master Institutions can be taken for stand-alone graduate credit and may also count toward the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Professional Development Certificate Program (see FAQ's for further information)
Accepted until February 28, 2014, for enrollment in summer 2014.