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Master of Applied Positive Psychology

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The first positive psychology program in the world, and always ahead of the curve

Rapidly becoming one of psychology’s most transformative fields, positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable humans and organizations to flourish. The Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania was the first in the world to offer a graduate degree in this rigorous field of study. Dr. Seligman, founder of the discipline of positive psychology, along with leading researchers and practitioners educate students at the cutting edge of the field.

Our program's hybrid model allows you to explore the theory and practice of positive psychology without relocating to Philadelphia, so you can continue working full-time. The low-residency format consists of 10 required on-site visits to the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, where students and faculty gather for intensive weekends of learning and networking. Whether you are a credentialed professional seeking to transform your workplace or career or are building a foundation for further graduate study, the MAPP curriculum allows you to apply the topics most relevant to your interests and goals.

We look forward to speaking with you about the exciting opportunities at MAPP.

Make a difference in the world with the science of well-being

Hear from program staff, alumni, and current students about how the Master of Applied Positive Psychology creates a unique community that comes together to learn the theory and tools of positive psychology and enables immediate change in the lives around us.

If you are having trouble viewing this video, you can watch it on YouTube.

Fast facts

51 - Number of students in the current cohort
Number of students in the current cohort
10 - Number of countries represented by students
Number of countries represented by students
38 - Average age of the current MAPP student
Average age of the current MAPP student
489 - Number of alumni in the MAPP network
Number of alumni in the MAPP network

Master the history, theory, and research methods of applied positive psychology

Students in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program take a series of courses during one year of full-time study. The program begins in the fall with an introduction to essential concepts in positive psychology, as well as research methods and the factors that contribute to well-being among individuals, groups, and communities. In the spring semester you learn how to apply positive psychology in institutions such as workplaces, schools, and nonprofits; understand the role of the humanities in cultivating well-being; learn resilience skills for individuals; and design positive interventions for a real organization. Finally, the summer capstone project allows you to apply everything you have learned in the program to the professional or research area that is most significant to you.

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The Master of Applied Positive Psychology faculty

The MAPP faculty team is made up of preeminent scholars and practitioners in positive psychology, including one of the founders of the field, Dr. Martin Seligman. Dr. Seligman is the former president of the American Psychological Association and the author of many books, including Learned Optimism, Authentic Happiness, and (with Christopher Peterson) Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification. Other principal faculty members include program director Dr. James Pawelski, Dr. Karen Reivich, Dr. Angela Duckworth, and Dr. Allyson Mackey.

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Faculty Bios

Am I eligible to apply?

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

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MAPP Info Sessions

MAPP information session

Meet our program team and learn more about the MAPP curriculum, application process, low-residency format and more.

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Student & Alumni Stories

Student & Alumni stories

“Coming to Penn was one of the best decisions I ever made because it shaped the trajectory of my life.”
- Eunbit Hwang, MAPP '14

Read about Eunbit >

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