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Program Format & Schedule

Special announcement: For the last two years, the MAPP program successfully transitioned from a hybrid delivery to an all-online model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For 2022-2023, we have decided that the MAPP program will also be delivered 100% online. Please visit our MAPP 2022 Fall Announcement page to learn more about our commitment to delivering an accessible, world-class education in positive psychology.

One of the most distinctive features of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree is our innovative hybrid program delivery model. The format includes intensive on-site classes at the University of Pennsylvania about one weekend each month, followed by interactive distance learning modules over the intervening weeks.

During the on-site sessions, you’ll build close and enduring connections with your professors and classmates. Between these on-site experiences, you and your classmates will continue learning together, using our robust distance learning platform. The platform includes a variety of tools that allow for both highly social and independent learning experiences, such as virtual meeting space, online blogs, recorded lectures, and a rich content library.

Each month you will resume in-person class hours to compare notes with your fellow students and continue face-to-face learning. During the weekend sessions, students are encouraged to bring their experiences back to the classroom for discussion. It is this repeated interaction between theory and practice, with each informing the other, that leads to the best learning and the most effective application.

Please note that the on-site events are critical to your learning experiences in the program, and it is not possible to complete the Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree solely via distance learning.

Program schedule (2022-2023)

September 7-11, 2022 Immersion Week
October 7-9, 2022 On-site 2
October 28-30, 2022 On-site 3
November 18-20, 2022 On-site 4
December 9-11, 2022 On-site 5
January 13-15, 2023 On-site 1
February 10-12, 2023 On-site 2
March 3-5, 2023 On-site 3
March 24-26, 2023 On-site 4
April 21-23, 2023 On-site 5
May 14-15, 2023 Graduation

Program schedule (2023-2024)

September 6-10, 2023 Immersion Week
October 6-8, 2023 On-site 2
October 27-29, 2023 On-site 3
November 17-19, 2023 On-site 4
December 8-10, 2023 On-site 5
January 12-14, 2024 On-site 1
February 9-11, 2024 On-site 2
March 1-3, 2024 On-site 3
March 22-24, 2024 On-site 4
April 19-21, 2024 On-site 5
May 19-20, 2024 Graduation

Housing in Philadelphia

Master of Applied Positive Psychology students make their own arrangements for accommodations during the program’s on-site weekends. We realize that everyone has different lodging requirements and so we leave the choice to you. Several hotels in the vicinity of the University of Pennsylvania campus and in Center City Philadelphia offer discounts for Penn students, and most Applied Positive Psychology students stay in one of them.

International students relocating to Philadelphia are eligible for on-campus housing at Sansom Place.

If you are interested in relocating to Philadelphia long-term, learn more about off-campus housing.


Each year, Master of Applied Positive Psychology students are invited to come to campus and participate in the graduation ceremony in May. You will participate after the spring semester of study, prior to your final summer semester in the program.

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Student & alumni stories

“The applicability of the program is where its power lies. It's in the name!”
- Martín Blank, MAPP ‘19

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