aipRegistration is a multi-step process (note the above “open” enrollment dates):

  1. Non-matriculated students (those not seeking a full master’s degree) must first apply to Miami’s Graduate School for “Continuing Graduate Status” (CGS) admission.
  1. The Graduate School will review the application and, upon approval, will send the applicant a letter of CGS admission. Please note that CGS admission does not confer or imply admission to the AIP; this approval simply allows the student to enroll in graduate-level courses without pursuing a graduate degree.
  1. Once a student has received their CGS admission letter from the Graduate School, contact Project Dragonfly at [email protected] for next steps.
  1. Please note that space in courses are limited and are closed once they reach capacity, so the earlier you register, the better.

Your placement is not confirmed until you have completed Miami CGS admission and course-specific registrations.

  • What is the nature of these AIP courses and their associated projects?  At the heart of this program is making an environmental and social change in your community, whatever “community” means to you (your neighborhood, school district, workplace, zoo, nature center, Metropark, city, faith family, etc.).  We encourage a lot of inquiry-based learning and our courses revolve around environmental topics and how to communicate and share those issues.  In large part, students drive their own experience through projects they design, so what a student ends up focusing on depends on where he or she wants to go.  Students also develop specific content knowledge and skills in the realms of biodiversity threats and conservation, evolution, community engagement, inquiry-based education, science writing and publishing, and leadership, among many others.
  • I have a full-time job and/or a family and other life commitments I’m responsible for.  Is it still possible to take a graduate course concurrently?  These primarily web-based courses were designed to be accomplished at a part-time pace for working or busy individuals, and many of our AIP master’s students and CGS students successfully complete courses while juggling all of the above as well.  It is important to note, as with all graduate credit endeavors, that it will definitely be a significant commitment that will require your time and attention, so take stock of your availability.
  • I’m not ready right now to jump into the full AIP Miami degree program, but I’m intrigued to learn more about how it works and would be interested in taking a class.  Can I transfer any of the above graduate credit courses into the AIP at a later time?  Yes, this is a possibility. Up to 7 credit hours of previously taken W+ courses at an AIP Master Institution affiliate may be transferred toward your master’s with Miami University. These credits may only be used to replace a portion of the 21 credit hours of AIP W+ courses required for the degree. For these credits to be considered toward your degree, you must have:   1) Been accepted to the master’s program; 2) participated in the AIP for at least one semester; 3) received a grade of “B” or better in your transferred course; 4) registered for the course through Miami University; 5) taken the course within 5 years of your projected graduation date for the master’s; and 6) completed the Request to Dragonfly Graduate Committee form once in the program.

To support involvement by a broad range of educators and conservation professionals nationally, Miami University offers significantly reduced tuition for AIP web-based classes.  The current cost for this Miami University master’s degree is roughly 30% less than the cost of a Miami master’s for an Ohio resident. Dragonfly‘s many students who live outside Ohio realize an out-of-state savings of approximately 70%.

Miami University/Project Dragonfly Summer 2021 – Spring 2024 rates

  • Web+ Course (online + in-person Zoo time) – $520 per credit hour

For example, a 3-credit Animal Behavior & Conservation class (Web+ Course) would cost $1,560. The rates shown reflect a 3-year tuition commitment from Miami University for the period from Summer 2021 to Spring 2024.  Costs are estimates and subject to change.  For information, please see Project Dragonfly’s AIP Costs page.

The Zoo Difference

By getting involved with our Web+ graduate courses, you will find yourself surrounded by interesting questions that you are excited to answer!  Previous students have compared the activity of wild cats and house cats. They’ve wondered who plays more: gorillas or first graders. They’ve even explored whether caring for a plant can change how youth care for their school, and more! These courses provide current content in each of the course areas while providing students with the skills they need to reach their respective audiences through scientific inquiry.

With experts onsite at the Zoo and Miami University instructors on the web, these graduate courses enable students to interact with peers, program alumni, and community leaders and explore new frontiers in community-engaged learning.  In addition to the face-to-face experiences at the Zoo, participants also engage weekly throughout the semester with instructors and course peers in an easy-to-use, web-based learning community to discuss assignments, course readings, and semester-long research projects.  Each course includes web instruction, discussion seminars, group work, on-site experiences, and direct investigation of the Zoo’s wealth of animal and plant life.