Advanced Inquiry Program | Master's Degree and Graduate Courses


Advanced Inquiry Program | Master's Degree and Graduate Courses

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Pursue your passion while you earn your master’s online from Miami University through the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP). Created for working professionals, the AIP is a one-of-a-kind master’s program that immerses students in collaborative inquiry and action as they champion change. Through web-based coursework from Miami and face-to-face experiential learning and field study at our AIP sites, you will connect with classmates, Miami University faculty, site experts, and community leaders locally, nationally, and globally.

The AIP is designed for students from a range of backgrounds and career stages. With professional and academic mentoring and self-designed Master Plans, students adapt their degree path to fit their interests in fields such as community-engaged conservation, inquiry-driven education, environmental justice, learning across K–12 and informal settings, animal care and welfare, green business innovation, climate change, urban ecology, human-nature relationships, environmental restoration, and public engagement in science.

Below are our AIP sites and don't hesitate to contact our AIP Coordinators if you have any questions:

  • Brookfield Zoo: AIP Coordinator Agnes Kovacs, at or 708-688-8223.
  • Chicago Zoological Society:
  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: AIP Coordinator Jerran Orwig, at or 513-475-6171
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Miami University: AIP Coordinator Katie Corr, at or 216-661-6500 ext. 4470
  • Detroit Zoological Society: AIP Coordinator Claire Lannoye-Hall, at or (248) 336-5803
  • Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: AIP Coordinator Jamie Lankenau, at or 904-757-4463 ext. 107
  • Missouri Botanical Garden: AIP Coordinator Susan Baron, at or 314-691-2628
  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance: AIP Coordinator Mackenzie Borau, at or 760-757-8702 ext. 5757
  • Wildlife Conservation Society / Bronx Zoo: AIP Coordinator Tara Chudoba, at or 718-741-1682

Applications are being accepted until February 28 at Courses begin in May 2024.

Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University. NEW for 2024 Applicants: To help make a Miami education more accessible and affordable, the Miami University Graduate School will waive the $50 application fee for those who attend one of the following Information Sessions preceding the fee payment step of the application process.