The application period is now open through February 28, 2021 for a Summer 2021 start of program. Please let us know you're interested and apply today! Scroll down for more information about our upcoming information sessions and contact information for Project Dragonfly’s AIP office and San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's program contacts.

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.


Information Sessions

In December and January we held 60-minute information sessions via webinar that introduced prospective students to the AIP experience with San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance as the AIP home Master's Institution. Please email us if you would like to review the info session recording, in which we overview the program and a panel of current students and alumni discuss their experiences in the AIP.

Program Contacts

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Mackenzie Borau, Ph.D., Associate Director,

Miami University

AIP Contact,

Project Dragonfly team,, 513-529-8576

AIP Student Spotlight Videos

AIP Masters Degree Program Staff