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Program Resources

Virtual information session

Associate Director Leona Brandwene and Managing Coordinator of Education Laura Taylor hosted a recent virtual information session for students interested in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. The session provides a brief overview of positive psychology as a field of study and in-depth details about the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. Also discussed are courses, faculty, and program alumni.

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

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, just published his new book, Happy Together: Using the Science of Positive Psychology to Build Love That Lasts and was featured on the Larry King Show exploring the secrets of a happy marriage. Watch the video on the Build Happy Together website.

MAPP welcomes Dr. Allyson Mackey and her new course Positive Education, in which students study how character strengths are formed, and what the brain can tell us about the process. Read more about Dr. Mackey’s research and her MAPP course.

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 website, 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).

Application deadline

Apply Now

MAPP admits students for fall terms only. The application deadline is March 1 of the year in which you intend to enroll.

Apply now >

On-site schedule

Program Format & Schedule

The program cohort will gather one weekend each month to attend intensive on-site classes in Philadelphia.

Review this year's schedule >

Looking for financial assistance?

Financial Aid

Learn about the options at Penn.

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