Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) Program


Watch Virtual Info Session

Program Director Dr. James Pawelski hosts a virtual information session highlighting courses and faculty, background requirements, financial aid, and an interview with positive psychology founder Dr. Martin Seligman.

Learn to apply the principles and tools of positive psychology to any professional domain (including psychology, education, life coaching, research, health, and business), or as preparation for further study in a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. program.

Whether you want to transform a business, institution, or practice, or whether you’re preparing to specialize in positive psychology within a clinical or research career, Penn’s innovative, 9-course Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program through the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) offers you an unmatched graduate-level opportunity. And you can pursue the MAPP program without interrupting your career.

Rooted in the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, world-renowned founder of positive psychology and Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the MAPP program explores the history, theory, and basic research methods of positive psychology. This new branch of psychology focuses on such issues as the empirical study of positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions. In the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, you’ll learn to apply these aspects of positive psychology in your particular professional or organizational setting.

In Penn’s MAPP program, you’ll join a diverse, intellectually stimulating community of peers with wide-ranging personal and professional interests, who are united by a deep commitment to the concept of positive psychology, by an ability to grasp the theory and application of research tools in the field, and by well-articulated goals for the application of their coursework.

Watch the Information Session Videos to learn more about the MAPP program and to see interviews with Martin Seligman, MAPP graduates, and current MAPP students.

Apply today through the College of Liberal and Professional Studies to begin your Master of Applied Positive Psychology program.

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Learn More About The Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program

Find out what you need to be admitted to the MAPP program at Penn.

  • Alumni Bios
    Read about how graduates have used their positive psychology masters degree in their respective fields.
  • Application
    Get instructions for applying to the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at Penn.
  • Positive Psychology Classes and Curriculum
    Learn about the course requirements for getting a masters in applied positive psychology from Penn.
  • FAQ
    Get answers to frequently asked questions about the MAPP program at Penn.
  • Tuition
    Learn about tuition costs for students in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program.


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