Program Details

Application Deadline

For all applicants [U.S. Citizens or International]:  January 28

All application materials should arrive by January 28.

Degree Requirements

35 credit hours completed over approximately 2.5 years, comprised of three summer Earth Expeditions field courses (21 credit hours), seven Web-Based Learning Community courses (14 credit hours) and completion of an e-Portfolio. MAT students will be required to complete a teaching portfolio adaptable for National Board Certification requirements, and MA candidates will develop a work portfolio suitable for their work environment. Degree candidates can focus portfolio work in a region (e.g., Africa) or on a theme (e.g., environmental education).

Which degree is for me?

Students in the Global Field Program may elect to pursue either a Master of Arts in Biology or a Master of Arts in Teaching in the Biological Sciences.

Apply to the MAT if you fall in any of the following categories: 1) you are certified to teach, 2) you have an academic degree in education or education related field (i.e., bachelor's or master's), or 3) you have taught, teach, or plan to teach in a k-12 school or informal education setting (also see FAQ's on MAT vs. MA).

The MA is a degree option for any applicant with a bachelor's interested in advancing their career through global leadership, community engagement, and environmental stewardship.

Note: The MAT degree does not confer a teaching license. Applicants with no education background should apply for the MA, not the MAT degree.

Biology course requirement

All MA/MAT students are required to have completed (receiving a final grade of B- or better) one university-level general biology course or its equivalent prior to completion of their MA/MAT degree.  Students admitted to the program who have not previously met this requirement through their undergraduate studies will need to complete such a course before they graduate.  More information may be found in the Biology Requirement FAQs.

Field courses are offered every summer, and web-based courses are offered fall/spring.


Bachelor's degree.

Note: Participants will need to fulfill the minimum Graduate School GPA requirements for admission to the program.  For more information please visit the Graduate School's Admission Information.

Transfer Credits

Only the following credits are transferable into the GFP:

  • Up to 7 credits from past Earth Expeditions field courses (with an earned grade of B or higher) may be applied towards the GFP, taking the place of one field course.

  • Up to 3 credits from a past iDiscovery or Advanced Inquiry Program Master Institution-based course taken through Miami University (with an earned grade of B or higher) can replace one Advanced Seminar (Issues in Biodiversity or Issues in Evolution) in the GFP.

  • No more than one course worth up to 7 credit hours from the above categories can be transferred into the GFP.

Note: No other credits can be transferred into the GFP. No exceptions can be made to the transfer credit policy. See FAQ for additional information.

Project Dragonfly and Miami University

Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits, and graduate programs worldwide. Project Dragonfly is housed at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio, established in 1809. Miami, listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies, has established a long and distinguished record of excellence in teaching, research, and service.

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