Application Overview

Master of Applied Positive Psychology program application deadlines

New Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program student cohorts are admitted for fall terms only. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadline:

  • March 1

Application materials checklist

Applications must be submitted through our online application system and must contain all of the following in order to be considered complete:

  • Completed online application
  • Current résumé
  • Nonrefundable application fee (Make checks payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania or pay by credit card through the online application.)
  • Application essays, listed below
  • Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system 
  • Three letters of recommendation (details below)
  • Standardized test scores, if applicable (details below)
  • WES Credential Evaluation for International Transcripts (details below)

Master of Applied Positive Psychology program application essays

Your application will include essays addressing the following topics. Your essay, which should address each question thoroughly, should be no longer than four typed pages and should be submitted as a single document.

  • Have you ever been placed on probation, dismissed or suspended from any college or university for reasons pertaining to academic integrity? If this does not apply, please write N/A in your response. If yes, please include any facts that you believe bear on the significance of this circumstance.
  • How did your interest in positive psychology develop? How familiar are you with the field?
  • What do you hope to learn in the MAPP program, and how do you expect to apply that knowledge in your professional career?
  • How will this affect your career?
  • How will this affect the profession in which you are (or will be) working? 

Letters of recommendation

Each applicant will submit three letters of recommendation. Letters should come from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to study positive psychology at an advanced level. Recommendations may be submitted online or by mail. For online recommendations, please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application. For paper recommendations, please download a copy of the recommendation form (PDF) and supply a copy to each recommender.

Standardized test scores

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of individuals who have completed their bachelor’s degree less than three years prior to the year for which they are applying. For example, if you are applying for Fall of 2019 you will have to submit a GRE score if you graduated after the Spring semester of 2016. Request that your scores report for the GRE test be forwarded to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, using ETS institutional code 2986.

International applicants whose first language is not English must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores to demonstrate English proficiency. If the medium of instruction for your undergraduate degree was English, you may request to waive the TOEFL requirement by sending an email to lps@sas.upenn.edu. The minimum TOEFL scores required for admissions consideration are: 100 (iBT), 250 (CBT) or 600 (PBT). The TOEFL must be sent from ETS using the institutional code 2986. To locate a testing site near you or schedule an exam, visit the TOEFL website.

International transcripts from institutions outside the United States

If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the US, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) requires you to submit all post-secondary credentials* (undergraduate and graduate) to World Education Services Inc. (WES), a third-party verification agency for a course-by-course evaluation.

WES must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. The course-by-course evaluation should include the comparability level of your education and list each of your courses along with the equivalent US marks and credit. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with GPA and course levels) and request that WES send your evaluation to LPS Admissions. The school can be found by searching the University of Pennsylvania and then selecting College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The evaluation provided to LPS becomes an official academic record and sole property of LPS upon its receipt.

WES evaluations will be reviewed by LPS administrators, and the determination of degree equivalency to US degrees is at the discretion of LPS.

*If you were enrolled in an international institution as part of a semester or year-long study abroad program through your home institution, you will not be required to submit your credentials to an evaluation service. We will, however, still require that you request an official transcript be sent to LPS for your study abroad program in order to fulfill the transcript requirement in your application. Please see our transcript page for more information.

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Dr. Angela Duckworth studies noncognitive predictors of achievement and is one of the many outstanding members of the MAPP faculty team.

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