Penn’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology

Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, Penn’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology

Learn from leaders in the field from anywhere in the world

Developed by one of the founders of positive psychology, Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program educates students at the cutting edge of this transformative field. A background in psychology is not required for this degree; our diverse community of students and alumni includes professionals from a variety of fields such as healthcare, human resources, and education. With interactive distance learning modules combined with monthly weekend sessions on campus, you can pursue a full-time master’s degree without relocating to Philadelphia or interrupting your career.

Special announcement: For the last three years, the MAPP program successfully transitioned from a hybrid delivery to an all-online model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. No decisions for 2023-2024 have been made yet. Please visit the MAPP website for updates as we have them.
  • Dive into the history, theory, and methods of applied positive psychology with leaders in the field
  • Complete nine graduate courses, including a capstone project, in one year of full-time study
  • Balance your personal, professional, and academic goals in a low-residency, hybrid format
  • Enjoy extensive peer collaboration and hands-on instruction both on-campus and online
  • Build enduring connections with classmates and faculty members in diverse professional domains
  • Design research-informed applications that directly benefit real-world organizations
  • Customize your culminating capstone project to transform your workplace or community
Frank Jackson, 2020 Fellowship Recipient

English/Spanish teacher, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Frank Jackson enrolled in the MAPP program to bring the language of positive psychology to the Black community, and in his capstone research will explore the stigma associated with clinical psychology, especially for men of color.

Jasmine Shu-Kay Choi, 2021 Bei Shan Tang Scholarship Recipient

Founder and owner of Make Positive; Registered social worker

A recipient of the Bei Shan Tang Scholarship, Jasmine Shu-Kay Choi is ready to take her commitment to positive education in Hong Kong to the next level.