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Earn your Master's degree the wild way

The Woodland Park Zoo is thrilled to offer the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP), an exciting Master’s degree from Miami University with experiential learning and field study with the zoo. The AIP is designed for a broad range of professionals from education, conservation, business, and government settings. The AIP offers a groundbreaking graduate degree focused on inquiry-driven learning as a powerful agent for social and ecological change.

Benefits of the AIP

  • The zoo as a window to your world of learning: AIP Master’s students earn 35 total credit hours: 21 credit hours of AIP W+ courses that combine web-based instruction with experiential learning on-site at Woodland Park Zoo plus 14 credit hours of AIP Core Courses that occur on the web. Up to 7 credit hours from an Earth Expeditions global field course may count toward the degree. 

  • Convenient and flexible: Can be completed in 2.5 to 5 years part-time while working!

  • Affordable: Approximately $4,820 per year for basic courses and fees! (Course costs are subject to annual budget approval and are subject to change.)

  • Relevant: Program courses and projects integrate Washington State Science Learning Standards for inquiry-based science learning and best practices in informal science and conservation education. 

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Woodland Park Zoo: Your AIP Master Institution

As one of eight national Master Institutions for the AIP, Woodland Park Zoo is excited to offer local Washington educators unique learning experiences on zoo grounds, in natural settings around Washington, and at field conservation sites around the world. Based in Woodland Park Zoo’s significant experience with educator professional development, the AIP provides a strong foundation in ecological literacy, skills in inquiry-based learning and principles of field investigation. Students make local connections, receive individualized mentoring, and share their work at the zoo and in their community. Students also join fellow students, AIP faculty, and leaders across the U.S. in web-based learning communities for collaborative research and national inquiry projects.

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