Whether you are a lifelong learner seeking personal benefit, a student seeking academic credit, or a professional looking to transform your workplace, Penn has a positive psychology program for you. Residence in Philadelphia is not required for any of these programs, which are designed and led by world-renowned faculty and leaders of the field. Use the chart below to help decide which offering is best suited for you.

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Earn a certificate of completion after completing all 5 courses

A brief introduction to different aspects of positive psychology

For lifelong learners seeking personal benefit

Self-directed study

Complete 1-5 courses at your own pace

Fully online and asynchronous; does not require residency in Philadelphia

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Earn an academic certificate and undergraduate-level academic credit

Foundational research, methods, and applications of positive psychology

For students and working adults seeking to be more effective in their professional and personal life

Some peer collaboration and instructor contact

Complete 4 accelerated 8-week undergraduate courses; total 32 weeks can be completed in one year

Fully online with some required synchronous sessions; does not require residency in Philadelphia

Learn more about Penn LPS Online's Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology.

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Earn a master’s degree

Intensive history, theory, and research methods of positive psychology, plus applications for professional settings

For scholarly practitioners and credentialed professionals seeking to transform their workplace or career

Extensive peer collaboration and hands-on instruction

Complete 9 graduate courses, including a capstone project, in one year of full-time study

Hybrid combination of on-site sessions and interactive distance learning modules; does not require residency in Philadelphia

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