Master of Applied Positive Psychology application deadlines
New Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program student cohorts are admitted for fall terms only. Your application portfolio, including all transcripts, must be received by the following deadline. MAPP does not have rolling admissions - all completed applications will be reviewed after the application deadline and applicants will receive decisions by the end of June of the year in which they applied.
|Fall 2020||March 1, 2020|
Applications have closed for the fall 2019 intake. Applications will reopen in September 2019 for the fall 2020 intake.
Application materials checklist
- Completed online application
- Current résumé
- Nonrefundable application fee
- Application essays, listed below
- Unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary school attended uploaded through the online application system
- Three letters of recommendation (details below)
- Standardized test scores, if applicable (details below)
- Credential evaluation for international transcripts (details below)
Master of Applied Positive Psychology program application essays
Your application will include essays addressing the following topics. Your essay, which should address each question thoroughly, should be no longer than four typed pages and should be submitted as a single document.
- How did your interest in positive psychology develop? How familiar are you with the field?
- What do you hope to learn in the MAPP program, and how do you expect to apply that knowledge in your professional career?
- How will this affect your career?
- How will this affect the profession in which you are (or will be) working?
Letters of recommendation
Each applicant will submit three letters of recommendation. Letters should come from individuals with whom you have had a close professional or academic association and who know of your desire to study positive psychology at an advanced level. Recommendations may be submitted online (preferred) or by mail. For online recommendations, please follow the instructions in the Recommendations section of the online application.
Standardized test scores
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of individuals who have completed their bachelor’s degree less than three years prior to the year for which they are applying. For example, if you are applying for Fall of 2019 you will have to submit a GRE score if you graduated after the Spring semester of 2016. Request that your scores report for the GRE test be forwarded to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies, using ETS institutional code 2986.
Upon review of an applicant's file, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request TOEFL scores.
International transcripts from institutions outside the United States
Applicants who have attended a college or university outside the US are required to have a course-by-course credential evaluation (with grade point average and course levels) performed by an outside evaluation service. Credential evaluations will be reviewed by our administrators, and the determination of degree equivalency to US degrees is at the discretion of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The following two evaluation services are acceptable:
CertiFile/CollegeNET Document Service: Applicants from international institutions are encouraged to use the CertiFile/CollegeNET Document Service within the College of Liberal and Professional Studies application to request and submit authenticated transcript(s) and other academic documents. This service provides certified documents and course evaluations which are then included as part of your application materials. If using this service, Penn requires the “Evaluation” basic service at a cost of $150. You may choose to upgrade to the full “Portfolio Evaluation” for an additional cost.
World Education Services Inc. (WES): WES must complete a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary credentials. The course-by-course evaluation should include the comparability level of your education and list each of your courses along with the equivalent US marks and credit. Please select the WES basic course-by-course evaluation (with grade point average and course levels) and request that WES send your evaluation to Penn College of Liberal and Professional Studies Admissions. The school can be found by searching the University of Pennsylvania and then selecting College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The evaluation becomes an official academic record and sole property of the University upon its receipt. For additional information about the WES application and their review process, please visit the WES website.
Please note that these services charge a fee for the evaluation.