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 SDZWA to include online learning plus face-to-face experiential learning at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, the Beckman Center 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 Wildlife Alliance'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.