Denver Zoo and Miami University in Ohio are excited to bring an opportunity for working professionals who are passionate about conservation to earn their master’s degree in the zoo and conservation setting. AIP Master's students practice the skills of investigation, critical reflection, leadership, and collaboration required to effectively address vital issues.
Do you have a passion for conservation? Do you have a desire to make an impact on your community? Denver Zoo is excited to offer the opportunity for adults to further their higher education as well as become catalysts for global conservation and active stewards for Denver Zoo's mission. Denver Zoo has partnered with Miami University in Ohio to offer this unique academic opportunity for education professionals to earn a Master's degree in the zoo and conservation setting. AIP is based on the principle that education should extend beyond the classroom, and that students should make a difference--not just after graduation, but now, as a basic function of education itself. AIP Master's students practice the skills of investigation, critical reflection, leadership, and collaboration required to effectively address vital issues. AIP Master's candidates use inquiry and the power of investigation not only as a tool for integrated learning, but as a powerful agent for student achievement, public engagement in science, and ecological stewardship.
What is AIP?
The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is a one-of-a-kind Master's Degree program for working professionals who want to develop their inquiry-based skills while striving to affect positive social change in their local community. Co-delivered by Denver Zoo and Miami University's ProjectDragonfly, AIP combines graduate courses at the Zoo with web-based learning communities that connect you to a broad network of educators, conservationists and community leaders.
Enrollment is open to applicants with a Bachelor's degree regardless of academic major or profession. It is designed for all adults looking to pursue a degree in higher education and who have a passion to conservation and community.
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in the Biological Sciences*, designed for licensed K-12 teachers
Master of Arts (MA) in Biology, for all non-licensed, informal educators or other professionals
* The MAT degree does not confer a teaching certificate
Estimated Yearly Cost:
Year 1= $3,100; Year 2= $3,400; Year 3= $2,750
*Costs are estimates and subject to change based on your specific schedule and increased course costs. These estimates include both Denver Zoo and Miami University's costs.
What Makes the AIP Program so unique?
• By using Denver Zoo as your classroom, you will earn 21 credit hours at Denver Zoo or field sites around the Rocky Mountain region and 14 credit hours taken online through Miami University. • This program is ideal for working adults who want to further their professional and personal growth but cannot commit to a full time academic schedule. • This program is an affordable Master's degree with yearly expenses being approximately $3,000 per year for basic tuition and fees, much less than other Colorado institutions offering Master's programs. That cost savings represents an 85 percent reduction in costs compared to a typical Miami University degree for students who reside outside Ohio.
Brief Sample of Graduate Courses
Courses at the Zoo
Conservation, Science, & Communities
Foundations of Inquiry (Required, week-long course in Mid-June)
Biology in the Age of Technology
Global Biomes (Saturdays in Fall)
Issues in Biodiversity
Human Dimensions in Conservation (Saturdays in Spring)
Issues in Evolution
Animal Behavior and Conservation (Saturdays in Summer)
Leadership in Scientific Inquiry
Impact of Environmental and Informal Education (Saturdays in Fall)