Zoo and Aquarium Leadership

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About the Program

ElephantsThe master of arts in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS) offers a concentration in zoo and aquarium leadership.  This concentration prepares students for advanced careers in modern, professional zoos and aquariums. The curriculum is designed to enhance relevant social and analytical skills involving critical thinking, problem solving, information technology, and group interaction, as well as to advance necessary skills in leadership and fiscal and personnel management.

The program, designed in response to the American Zoological Association Board of Regents training surveys, addresses the needs of the greater Zoo and Aquarium Community. The courses focus on leadership, administrative and personnel management, collections management, and education skills necessary for career development in the industry. The concentration in zoo and aquarium leadership offers three specializations:

  • Collections Management

  • Administration

  • Conservation Education

Students in this program must be members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The MAIS web site has  more information about the master's degree in interdisciplinary studies.

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