Pursue your Passion at Woodland Park Zoo while earning your master’s degree from Miami University!

The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is an exciting master’s degree for individuals interested in creating social and ecological change. In this groundbreaking program, students learn to use inquiry as a tool for co-creating a better and more sustainable future. Designed for college graduates across many fields who want to help drive change in their communities, students engage in web-based courses from Miami University supplemented through exciting experiential learning and field study opportunities with Woodland Park Zoo. AIP students work to improve local communities through shared investigation and action, while also learning with peers and faculty in a national network of leading institutions.


The zoo as your window to a world of learning: AIP master’s students earn 35 total credit hours: 21 credit hours of AIP Web+ courses that combine web-based instruction with experiential learning on-site at Woodland Park Zoo plus 14 credit hours of AIP Core Courses that occur on the web. Up to 7 credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course may count toward the degree.

Convenient and flexible: Can be completed in 2.5 to 5 years part-time while working!

Affordable: Approximately $6530 per year for basic courses and fees! Course costs are subject to annual budget approval and are subject to change.

Relevant: Program courses and projects integrate Washington State Science Learning Standards for inquiry-based science learning, best practices in informal science and conservation education, and participatory education as a tool to engage all communities in the creation of a more sustainable future.


Applications for the Advanced Inquiry Program open September 6, 2022 and are accepted until February 28, 2023 for enrollment in summer 2023. For more information and to apply, see Miami University’s Project Dragonfly’s website at http://aip.miamioh.edu/apply and information posted on Woodland Park Zoo’s website at http://www.zoo.org/aip

To learn more about our program, please join us for one of our information sessions!

Tuesday October 18th: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (in-person at Woodland Park Zoo)
Thursday November 10th: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (virtual info session)
Monday December 12th: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (in-person at Woodland Park Zoo)
Wednesday January 18th: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (virtual info session)

To RSVP for an information session, please email aip@zoo.org