Students applying to the MAPP program must hold a Bachelor’s degree and have an excellent academic record. Working professionals with three or more years of professional experience will be asked to submit professional recommendations, a professional résumé, and an essay describing their interests and experience. Applicants who have graduated in the past three years, and applicants with fewer than three years’ professional experience, will be required to submit GRE scores in addition to the aforementioned application materials.

We are currently accepting applications for 2014. The application deadline is March 1, 2014. For more information about the program, please contact Aaron Boczkowski at (215) 746-0441 or To receive a brochure, please click here.

Evaluation of Applicants

Applicants are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.  International students with a three year bachelor's degree should make sure that their degree is the equivalent of a four year degree in the U.S.  Please click here for more information about submitting your transcripts.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty, supervisors, or professional colleagues addressing academic abilities and professional achievement
  • Performance on the Graduate Record Exam (required for those completing a Bachelor’s degree within the last three years; recommended for those who do not yet have professional credentials).  Use ETS school code 2986. International students required to complete a fourth year honors in order to meet the bachelor's requirement are required to submit GRE scores if they finished their fourth year honors within the past three years. 
  • 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. Use ETS school code 2986.

    Acceptable minimum scores:

                Internet Test = 100, no subscore below 23, listening/speaking score of 26+

                Computer Based Test = 250

                Paper Based Test = 600

  • Written statement of career objectives and reasons for choosing to study positive psychology
  • Professional Résumé


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3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

Telephone: 215.898.7326
Fax: 215.573.2053
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