Can MAPP be completed solely on-line?
No. The MAPP program follows a hybrid format. There are on-site classes at Penn about one weekend a month, and then distance learning in between those on-site sessions.
Is it possible to get a Ph.D. in positive psychology?
Some students attend MAPP with the goal of eventually earning a Ph.D. Penn's Ph.D. program in psychology is separate from MAPP. Please make sure you follow the application process for the program to which you are applying.
What is the average age of a MAPP student (am I too old)?
We will consider applicants of all ages, as long as they have a bachelor's degree. About 1/3 of our class is made up of recent college graduates. The other 2/3 of the class are people who have been out of school for varying amounts of time. The oldest student to complete MAPP so far was 63, and the youngest was 23. The average age of a MAPP student is mid-30s.
Where do I stay when I am at Penn for classes?
Students are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. Dorm space is not available for MAPP students. Several hotels in the area offer student discounts for Penn students. Most of our students stay in one of those hotels.
How does the admissions process work?
The deadline for us to receive your application and all materials is March 1st of the year for which you are applying. We will not review any applications until after the deadline. Admission decisions are usually sent in June.
Can I come to Penn to meet with faculty and/or administrators of the program?
Due to high demand and the nature of the program, MAPP faculty and administrators are not available for face-to-face interviews/meetings. Interested applicants may meet MAPP administrators at a live information session held each Fall at the Positive Psychology Center. Please check the website for updates. If you have questions about the program please call or email Aaron Boczkowski at (215) 746-0441 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to take the GRE?
You are required to submit a GRE score if you received your bachelor's degree less than three years prior to the year for which you are applying. For example, if you are applying for Fall 2014, you will need to submit a GRE score if you received your bachelor's degree after Spring semester, 2011.
Are there scholarships for MAPP?
Penn does not offer any scholarships for the MAPP program. Some of our students have received financial support from their employers, or from a private scholarship such as the Rotary scholarship. Please contact Student Financial Services to discuss financing options: http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/