Applicants elect to enroll in one of two degrees from Miami University:

- Master of Arts in Teaching in Biological Sciences (MAT, designed for certified teachers and does not confer a teaching license or certification)

- Master of Arts in Biology (MA, designed for all other professionals)

Program Requirements & Coursework

Participants take a total of 35 credit hours:

- 14 hours of Core Courses that are designed and delivered by MU in an online platform

- 21 hours of AIP W+ (i.e., web + experiential learning) courses that are facilitated through Community Engagement at ICR to include online learning plus face-to-face experiential learning at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research and other sites throughout the greater San Diego area

- Up to 7 credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course may count toward the degree.

As a culmination of their work in the program, students complete a master's portfolio. This portfolio represents a collection of course-based projects centered on a Master Plan theme that reflects each student's personalized goals and integrates the key tenets of Project Dragonfly (Inquiry, Environmental Stewardship, Community Participation & Voice, and Local & Regional Understanding) and San Diego Zoo Global's Mission and Vision. The AIP can be completed in 2.5 years taking classes part-time while working a full-time job.


Enrollment is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree regardless of academic major or profession. It is designed for teachers and other professionals interested in conservation, community engagement and environmental stewardship.

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 also as a powerful agent for student achievement and public engagement. Participants may choose to develop a portfolio adaptable to national board certification.