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Virtual information session

Program Director Dr. James Pawelski hosts a virtual information session designed for students interested in the Penn Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. The session highlights courses and faculty, background requirements and financial aid, and features an interview with positive psychology founder Dr. Martin Seligman.

If you have a problem viewing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.

Student handbook

For guidelines on getting started in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, requirements, course schedule, faculty and staff and more, refer to the MAPP Student Handbook (PDF).

TED talk

Master of Applied Positive Psychology faculty member, Dr. Martin Seligman, talks about psychology — as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?

Watch “Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology” on

In the news

Dr. James Pawelski, founding director of Penn's Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, was featured on The Today Show during their "Summer of Secrets: The Secrets of Happiness" series.

Master of Applied Positive Psychology faculty member, Dr. Martin Seligman, was honored with the inaugural TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology in November 2014 during a ceremony at the University of Toronto. Read the announcement from Penn News.

Positive Psychology Center

The Positive Psychology Center is located at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Martin Seligman is the director of the center and Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology. The center promotes research, training, education and the dissemination of positive psychology. Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.

See a list of resources on the Positive Psychology websute, including books, videos and press coverage.

Capstone archives

To explore capstones that have been submitted by Master of Applied Positive Psychology graduates, visit Penn Libraries ScholarlyCommons. If you are an alum and haven't yet submitted your capstone, we encourage you to share your project with our community.

MAPP alumni directory

Many Master of Positive Psychology graduates are listed on our MAPP Alumni Directory website. If you are looking for speakers, authors, teachers, consultants, coaches, therapists, or a variety of other roles, use this resource to get in touch.

MAPP at-a-glance

For an overview of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program including program highlights, admission requirements and faculty, download the MAPP flyer (PDF).

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Program Contacts

Our program team can help you plan your path through the MAPP degree.

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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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Financial Aid

Learn about the options at Penn.

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Penn LPS

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

(215) 898-7326
(215) 573-2053

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