About MAPP at Penn

Rapidly becoming one of psychology’s most transformative fields, positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable humans and organizations to flourish. Positive psychology differs from historical psychological approaches because of its unique emphasis on the empirical study of human flourishing. While the study of psychology has traditionally focused on improving the human condition by identifying and relieving what is negative in life, positive psychology complements this approach with a focus on strengthening what is positive.

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania was the first in the world to offer a degree in this rigorous field of study. Dr. Martin Seligman, founder of the discipline of positive psychology, created the MAPP program to educate and train students at the cutting edge of the field. The program’s hybrid model allows you to explore the theory and practice of positive psychology without relocating to Philadelphia, so you can continue working full-time. The program consists of nine courses, completed during one year of full-time study during consecutive fall, spring and summer semesters.

(This description was taken from the MAPP Homepage at University of Pennsylvania.)

15 thoughts on “About MAPP at Penn

      • Aha i see, well this is awesome, so positive psychology is now an applied science :) this is amazing, since when? So you are an actual psychology which has patients and treating (so to say) with techniques from positive psychology?

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  1. Please let me know starting dates and what program commitment entails. As well as ways to put this into practice. I already do and it’s my fav approach
    I just want to gain more practical skills n I believe positive psychology is not a pathogizing approach.

    I’m from nyc namely Rockaway Quuens. I’d love to develope a program here where hurricane sandy and it’s continued aftermath

    I live in rockaway n was there for it despite evacuating my car. I’ve lived on boats in block island as a lobster woman. My name is in their history books on the Leona a.

    I found my positivity to work well with teens in hs as well with populations of mica day programs. I love using the definition of happiness to open curiosity and new techniques to explore

    I still am in the aftermath of sandy. First my right meniscus was torn the the left n now my back gives me problems sitting walking and standing. If there is a way to apply for a grant to institute such program to my community this would my vision. Tell me more

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