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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.
Can I complete MAPP on a part-time basis?
No. MAPP is only offered full time.
How long does it take to complete the MAPP program?
The program takes one year to complete. It starts in September and ends in August.
What do people do with a MAPP degree?
Most of our students apply their MAPP degree to their current profession. Others use it as a stepping stone to a Ph.D. or other terminal degree.
Can I go onto a Ph.D. after MAPP?

Yes. We have had many students go on to Ph.D. programs after MAPP. Students interested in going on to a Ph.D. should note that MAPP can provide a valuable background to the field of positive psychology but does not provide formal research training. For this reason, completing MAPP in and of itself will not likely be sufficient for entry into a Ph.D. program. Students should check with the Ph.D. programs to which they plan to apply to see if they meet the admissions requirements of those specific programs, as well as to see if MAPP credits can be transferred towards their Ph.D.

Can I go on to a JD or MD after MAPP?

Yes. We have had students go on to J.D. and M.D. programs after MAPP. Students interested in going on to a J.D. or M.D. should note that MAPP can provide a valuable background to the field of positive psychology but does not provide formal training in law or medicine. For this reason, completing MAPP in and of itself will not likely be sufficient for entry into a J.D. or M.D. program. Students should check with the programs to which they plan to apply to see if they meet the admissions requirements of those specific programs.

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.
Does the MAPP program grant me licensure or credentials to practice psychology, counseling, or therapy?
No. The MAPP program is not a licensing program. You will receive only the credential of a MAPP degree. Any licensing/credentialing required by your state will have to be pursued separately from MAPP.
Where do I stay when I am at Penn for classes?

Students are responsible for making their own lodging arrangements. Several hotels in the area offer student discounts for Penn students. Most of our students stay in one of those hotels.

International students are eligible for on-campus housing at Sansom Place. Students interested in relocating to Philadelphia can click here to learn more about off-campus housing.

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 mapp-info@sas.upenn.edu.
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.

What is the tuition for MAPP?

The tuition is around $43,000 for the year. You can find the latest itemized tuition figures here. If you would like to discuss financing options, please contact Student Financial Services: http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/.

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/.
Can I sit in on (or audit) a MAPP class?
Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate anyone not enrolled full-time in the MAPP program.
Are there any positive psychology books you can recommend for a beginner?
Sure! There is a list of positive psychology books on the Positive Psychology Center’s website: http://www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/publications.htm.
Can I work in the Positive Psychology Center?
Any jobs we have are posted on the Jobs@Penn website: http://www.hr.upenn.edu/Jobs/Default.aspx.

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