Program Details

Application Deadline

For all applicants [U.S. Citizens or International]: February 28

All application materials should arrive by February 28.

Degree Requirements

AIP Master’s students earn 21 credit hours at their AIP Master Institution (MI) + 14 credit hours with other AIP Master’s students nationwide in Web-Based Learning Communities. The 21 AIP-MI credit hours include a web component and a face-to-face component at the MI.  Students may apply to take up to seven credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course to count toward their degree. Students taking AIP courses part-time typically complete the degree in 2.5 years. Students admitted to the program who have not completed at least one university-level life science course or its equivalent will need to complete one of several options (determined by an AIP committee) for basic biology content as part of the Master's degree program.

Which degree is for me?

Students in the Advanced Inquiry Program may elect to pursue either a Master of Arts in Biology or a Master of Arts in Teaching in the Biological Sciences.

Apply to the MAT* if you fall in any of the following categories: 1) you are certified to teach, 2) you have an academic degree in education or education related field (i.e., bachelor's or master's), or 3) you have taught, teach, or plan to teach in a k-12 school or informal education setting (also see FAQ's on MAT vs. MA).
*This program is not intended to lead to educator certification.  Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

The MA is a degree option for any applicant with a bachelor's interested in advancing their career through global leadership, community engagement, and environmental stewardship.

Note: Applicants with no education background should apply for the MA, not the MAT degree. If you plan to study with the Woodland Park Zoo, click here for degree authorization details from the state of Washington.

Biology course requirement

All MA/MAT students are required to have completed (receiving a final grade of B- or better) one university-level general biology course or its equivalent prior to completion of their MA/MAT degree.  Students admitted to the program who have not previously met this requirement through their undergraduate studies will need to complete such a course before they graduate.  More information may be found in the Biology Requirement FAQs.

AIP Master Institution courses are offered year round as determined by your AIP Master Institution. The national, web-based courses are offered during fall and spring semesters.



Bachelor's degree.

Note: Participants will need to fulfill the minimum Graduate School GPA requirements for admission to the program. For more information, please visit the Graduate School's Admissions Information.

Transfer Credits

Only the following credits are transferable into the AIP:

  • Up to 7 credits from past Earth Expeditions field courses (with an earned grade of B or higher) may be applied towards the AIP, counting toward the 21 AIP Master Institution hours required for the degree.

  • Up to 3 credits from a past iDiscovery course from Miami University (with an earned grade of B or higher) may be applied to the AIP, replacing one Advanced Seminar course (Issues in Biodiversity or Issues in Evolution).

  • Up to 7 credits from past AIP Master Institution-based courses taken through Miami University may be applied toward the AIP, counting toward the 21 AIP Master Institution hours required for the degree.

  • No more than 7 credit hours from the above categories can be transferred into the AIP. Categories may not be combined.

Note: No other credits can be transferred into the AIP. No exceptions can be made to the transfer credit policy. See FAQ for additional information.

Project Dragonfly and Miami University

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

Miami University: Equal opportunity in education and employment.