Applications for 2022 are now closed. Please join our notification list if you would like to be contacted when applications reopen in Fall 2022 for a Summer 2023 start of program.

AIP Overview

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's (SDZWA) Community Engagement team has joined a major national partnership to bring an innovation master's degree to Southern California. The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) from Miami University, Ohio, is an inquiry-driven learning experience that enables students to work directly with world-class SDZWA scientists, experts and partners while completing web-based coursework through Miami University. The AIP is an exciting and affordable way to pursue your passion for conservation while earning a master’s degree and maintaining full-time work.

Students in this one-of-a-kind graduate program are part of an unprecedented national network of leading institutions committed to local, national, and global change. Project Dragonfly is based 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. 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.

Annual Information Sessions

Each year in December and January we hold a 90-minute information session to introduce prospective students to the AIP experience with San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance as the AIP home master's institution. Please check back with us in Fall 2022 to register for one of these information sessions.


Program Contacts

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Mackenzie Borau, Ph.D., Associate Director of Community Engagement, Conservation Science & Wildlife Health

Marina Karastamatis, M.A., Senior Research Associate, Community Engagement, Conservation Science & Wildlife Health

Contact email:

Miami University

 AIP contact:

Project Dragonfly team:, 513-529-8576


AIP Student Spotlight Videos

AIP Masters Degree Program Staff