Global Field Program

GFP: Overview

Program Description

The Global Field Program (GFP) is a master’s degree program that brings scientists, educators, community leaders, and others together at conservation hotspots in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas for firsthand experience with inquiry-driven education, environmental stewardship, and global understanding.

GFP master’s candidates join a growing network of leaders who work collaboratively to bring about change in local and global contexts. The GFP builds on the graduate courses and environmental partnerships of Earth Expeditions (see the Earth Expeditions website for descriptions of the global field sites).

Because the GFP combines summer field courses worldwide with online learning communities, this master’s degree can be completed part-time from anywhere in the U.S. or abroad.

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GFP students study globally through Earth Expeditions field courses

Current field locations: the Amazon Rainforest, Australia, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galápagos, Guyana, Hawaii, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Namibia, Paraguay, and Thailand with future conservation and education partnerships in development.

The GFP builds on the participatory education approaches of the NSF-funded Project Dragonfly, which reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven programs, public exhibits, and graduate courses worldwide. GFP master’s students practice the skills of investigation, critical reflection, leadership, and collaboration required to effectively address the vital issues of our time.


Bachelor’s degree. Enrollment is open to applicants regardless of academic major or profession.

Degree Options

Applicants elect to enroll in either a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree in the Biological Sciences or a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Biology (see program details). MA and MAT candidates go through the Global Field Program together.

Miami University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (please see Miami University’s Accreditation page).

Note: Earth Expeditions courses can be taken for stand-alone graduate credit outside the degree program (see the Earth Expeditions website).  Additionally, select courses may also count toward the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Professional Development Certificate Program (see FAQ’s for further information).


Are accepted through January 28 of each year for enrollment beginning late spring.

More Information

See FAQ.

Contact: gfp_masters@miamioh.edu.

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