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Thinking of grad school? Earn your Master's at Woodland Park Zoo

Posted by: Jenny Mears, Education

Advanced Inquiry Program students reflecting on their experience in Northwest Wildlife Conservation, a regional field course in which students traveled to the Oregon coast to meet with stakeholders in the Oregon silverspot butterfly conservation program. 

Interested in pursuing your degree through the Advanced Inquiry Program? Join us for an informational forum on November 17 or January 21.

The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is an exciting Master’s degree offered by Woodland Park Zoo in partnership with Project Dragonfly at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. This program is designed for a broad range of professionals from education, conservation, business, and government settings, and offers a groundbreaking graduate degree focused on inquiry-driven learning as a powerful agent for social and ecological change.

The Advanced Inquiry Program combines graduate courses at the zoo with web-based courses, and provides students with hands-on, real-world experience with conservation education, community engagement, inquiry-based learning, and environmental stewardship. Students may decide to incorporate regional or international field courses as part of their AIP coursework.

Courses can be taken part-time while working, and can be completed in 2.5 to 5 years. Through their various course projects, Advanced Inquiry Program students hone their own focus within the program based on their personal and professional goals. To support involvement by a broad range of educators and conservation professionals by keeping the program affordable, Miami University and Woodland Park Zoo offer significantly reduced tuition and fees for all classes.

Since the program began in 2011, Woodland Park Zoo’s students and graduates have been enacting amazing environmental stewardship and social change in our communities. We’ve collected some of their stories about how the program has positively impacted their personal and professional lives both locally and globally. First up, meet Tracey Byrne, an AIP graduate, learning mentor, and advocate for children (and adults!) spending time in nature:

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Join other prospective students from around Puget Sound to learn more about this Master’s degree opportunity.

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