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Financial Aid

Financing your education

It is our goal at Penn to make education accessible to talented students from the widest possible range of backgrounds. Master of Applied Positive Psychology program students are eligible to apply for financial aid. All domestic applicants interested in their loan eligibility should complete the FAFSA form after applying to the program. Penn’s Student Financial Services (SFS) office is available to help prospective and current students navigate the process. For more information on financing your graduate studies, visit their website for Graduate and Professional Students or contact SFS.

If you intend to complete the Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree as a working professional, you may be able to take advantage of tuition reimbursement benefits offered by your employer. If you are a full-time Penn employee, learn more about Penn’s tuition benefits package.

Christopher Peterson, a founding instructor in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania, taught in word and deed that "other people matter." To honor the legacy of Chris’s life and contribution to positive psychology, the alumni of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania created a scholarship following in the tradition of Chris’s generosity to students and colleagues.

The Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship, a partnership between the MAPP Alumni Association, Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences and the Positive Psychology Center, provides tuition remission of up to $30,000 to one or more new MAPP students annually. Recipients demonstrate service to others, academic merit and financial need. MAPP explicitly welcomes a diverse classroom of scholars, and this scholarship is intended to reduce barriers and enhance pathways to scholarship for candidates that might not otherwise be able to attend.

The 2016 Christopher Peterson Memorial Fellowship Award has been awarded to Tajender “TJ” Luthra. By education, TJ is a chartered accountant. Professionally, he is the Inspector General of Police in India, and chief of police in Chandigarh, a territory with a population of 1.3 million, where he commands a force of 7500 policemen and officers. TJ is passionate about women’s protection, children’s rights, and social justice. He has initiated many community policing programs such as YUVA, a program which imparts vocational skills training to children at risk to help them secure gainful employment. TJ also implemented a program that educated his police force on empathy to increase their effectiveness, encourage more humane policing, and build trust in the community. In his free time, TJ has a family and is also a poet who published an anthology, Assi Ghat Ka Bansuri Wala, in 2012. He hopes to apply his learnings from his MAPP degree in his police work and to continue to support communities in need.

Application Process

All MAPP and scholarship application materials and forms must be submitted by March 15, 2017. The scholarship application and FAFSA can be completed and submitted online. The International Student Aid Form (PDF) should be filled out and emailed to

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) at the University of Pennsylvania has partnered with the Bei Shan Tang (BST) Foundation in Hong Kong to offer financial assistance to residents of Hong Kong who are interested in attending MAPP. The scholarship will cover the full tuition and fees of the MAPP program.

In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Hong Kong
  • Must be proficient in Cantonese
  • Must have excellent command of Chinese and English
  • Must have knowledge of the culture and education system in Hong Kong
  • Must have at least two years of work experience in education
  • Must be willing to return to Hong Kong to live and work for at least two years after completing the MAPP program
  • Must contribute to the Foundation’s projects related to positive education - form of contribution may include providing consultation to local schools, conducting sharing sessions, engaging in teacher training, delivering seminars and talks, etc.

Application process

  • Must have MAPP application complete by March 1.
  • Must have scholarship application (below) complete by March 1.
  • Must submit additional copies (separate from what is required for the MAPP application) of transcripts, resume/cv, and application essay directly to BST on or before April 1. Materials should be sent to:

    Bei Shan Tang Foundation
    1401C Lee Garden Two
    28 Yun Ping Road, Hong Kong

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MAPP Info Session

Meet Program Director Dr. James Pawelski as he presents details about the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program.

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Program Format

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Admission to the master's program is highly selective. Learn more about applicant qualifications.

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