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Admissions and Eligibility

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program is designed for individuals from a variety of backgrounds and requires no specific prerequisite courses. However, for your admission to the program, it is necessary that you have a strong quantitative background and well-articulated objectives for participating in the program.

Evaluation criteria

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. International students should make sure that their degree is the equivalent of a four-year degree in the US 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Written statement of career objectives and reasons for applying
  • Professional résumé
  • Performance on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), if applying within three years of earning a bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated ability for quantitative and analytical coursework based on transcript-visible coursework that required students to analyze numerical or symbolic data (e.g., economics, statistics, biology, genetics, logic, linguistics, engineering); OR high quantitative scores on the GRE or other standardized exam; OR practical experience demonstrating skills in quantitative analysis (e.g., financial management or marketing)
  • TOEFL scores for non-native speakers of English. Acceptable minimum scores:
    • Internet Test = 100, no subscore below 23, listening/speaking score of 26+
    • Computer-Based Test = 250
    • Paper-Based Test = 600

Please see the Application Overview page for additional details.

Master of Applied Positive Psychology application and deadlines

The first step toward earning your Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree at Penn is completing the online application

New Master of Applied Positive Psychology program student cohorts are admitted for fall terms only. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by March 1 of the same year in which you intend to enroll.

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If you have any questions about the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Upcoming MAPP Info Session

Upcoming MAPP Info Session

Join us on October 23rd for an on campus Information Session from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

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Applied Positive Psychology Faculty

Faculty Bios

Dr. Karen Reivich co-directs the Penn Resiliency Program and is one of the many outstanding members of the MAPP faculty team.

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On-Site Schedule

Program Format & Schedule

The program cohort will gather one weekend each month to attend intensive on-site classes in Philadelphia.

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