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Earn a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biology or a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in the Biological Sciences through the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) or the Global Field Program (GFP). Or, apply to take an Earth Expeditions (EE) international field course for stand-alone graduate credit.

Applications to Project Dragonfly are open between early September and January 15 (for the GFP and EE) and February 15 (for the AIP). Admitted students are notified by mid-March (for the GFP and EE) and mid-April (for the AIP) and start their studies in the summer term. Let us know you are interested anytime, by signing up to receive more information.

Which Program Is for Me?

Learn more about each of our programs below. Not sure which program is right for you? That's okay — while applicants for our degree programs will be asked to indicate their preferred program when completing the Graduate School application, those interested in being considered for multiple programs may write for further information and instructions.
Tiger from the Chicago Zoological Society

Advanced Inquiry Program

The Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) is a master’s degree program that fosters professional leadership, participatory education, sustainability, and conservation in the U.S. AIP students combine online courses from Miami University with extraordinary learning experiences and field study at premier zoos and botanical gardens in select communities across the nation.

Students in this program can work toward a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biology or a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in the Biological Sciences. 

A herd of elephants

Global Field Program

The Global Field Program (GFP) is a master’s degree program that enables students to grow as leaders in inquiry-driven education, community-engaged learning, ecological sustainability, environmental stewardship, and global understanding. GFP students combine online courses from Miami University with Earth Expeditions international field courses in conservation hotspots across the globe.

Students in this program can work toward a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biology or a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in the Biological Sciences. 

Students on an Earth Expeditions trip

Earth Expeditions

Earth Expeditions are stand-alone education and conservation-focused graduate courses in which students travel the globe, joining scientists, educators, community leaders, and others in world-class conservation and community projects in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Our mission is to build an alliance of individuals with first-hand knowledge of inquiry-driven, community-based learning for the benefit of ecological communities and global understanding.

Which Master’s Degree Is for Me?

Not sure? That's okay — you can change your target degree and major once admitted to the program.

The Master of Arts in Biology (M.A.)

This degree option is for any applicant with a bachelor’s degree interested in advancing their career through global leadership, community engagement, life sciences, and environmental stewardship.

The Master of Arts in Teaching in the Biological Sciences (M.A.T.)

Designed for certified teachers, this degree provides real-world experiences that advance district, state, and national educational standards through research-based practices for student achievement in core content areas. This degree is not intended to lead to educator certification. 

Interested in learning more?

Application Steps

Applications for 2024 admission are now closed.

Applications for summer 2025 admission will open in early September, at which time this page will share the application steps for each program.

We encourage those applying to either the AIP or the GFP to print our Applicant Checklist, which will help guide you as you prepare your materials. We also highly recommend that you view recordings of past Dragonfly Informational Webinars.

Eager to begin? You can start gathering some required items now.

  • ALL applicants:
    • Your updated résumé or CV
    • Your answers to these essay questions:
      • How have you translated professional opportunities, classes, or life experiences into your work? (250 word limit)
      • How do you think this experience will benefit your personal life, professional life, and your community? (250 word limit)
  • AIP and GFP applicants should also gather:
    • Names and email addresses for at least two people from whom you would like to request recommendations.
    • Copies of your unofficial transcripts

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