Global Field Program

GFP: Program Details

Application Deadline

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

All application materials should arrive by January 28.

Master’s Degree Requirements

35 credit hours completed over approximately 2.5 years, comprised of three summer Earth Expeditions field courses (21 credit hours), seven core online courses (14 credit hours) and completion of a 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 master’s degree is for me?
Students in the Global Field Program may elect to pursue either a Master of Arts in Biology (MA in Biology) or a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) 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). Note: The MAT degree does not confer a teaching license. Applicants with no education background should apply for the MA, not the MAT degree.

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.

See our FAQ: After I graduate, will I be able to find a relevant job? How will I be able to apply my master’s degree to my current job while I’m in the program and then after graduation?

Biology course requirement
All Master of Arts in Biology and Master of Arts in Teaching 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 and on the Biology through Inquiry webpage.

Earth Expeditions field courses are offered every summer, and core online courses are offered in the fall and spring terms.


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 may be transferable into the GFP:

  • 7 credits from a past Earth Expeditions field course OR up to 7 credits of previously completed AIP Web+ classes.
  • Up to 4 credits from previously completed Core Courses.
  • No more than 4 credit hours of Core Courses may be transferred into the GFP. No more than 11 credit hours total may 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 worldwide each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits, and graduate programs. 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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