Graduate Programs for Social and Ecological Change

The Advanced Inquiry Program

The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) offers a ground-breaking online graduate degree in affiliation with some of the nation's premiere community and learning institutions. AIP students share ideas and develop projects with fellow students and faculty nationwide via web-based learning communities while also engaging in experiential learning onsite at affiliated AIP Master Institutions.  AIP Master's candidates use inquiry not only as a tool for integrated learning, but as a powerful agent for student achievement, public engagement, and ecological stewardship. AIP students join an unprecedented national collaboration committed to social and ecological change, with AIP Master Institutions located in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, and Seattle. Learn more...

The Global Field Program

The Global Field Program (GFP) brings master’s degree candidates, scientists, educators, community leaders, and others together at key conservation field sites in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas for firsthand experience with inquiry-driven education, environmental stewardship, and global understanding. GFP candidates join a growing network of leaders who work collaboratively to affect change in local and global contexts. This program builds on the graduate courses and environmental partnerships of Earth Expeditions. Because the GFP combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities, this Master's degree can be completed part-time from anywhere in the U.S. or abroad. Learn more...

Degree Options

Applicants to the Advanced Inquiry Program or the Global Field Program elect to enroll in either a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in the Biological Sciences or a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Biology (see program details). MA and MAT candidates go through the Master's program together.

The MA and MAT programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (please see

Application Deadlines

Master's Program Application Deadline
Global Field Program (GFP) January 28
Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) February 28

Project Dragonfly and Miami University

Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits, and graduate programs worldwide. Project Dragonfly is housed at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio, established in 1809. Miami, listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies, has established a long and distinguished record of excellence in teaching, research, and service.