Masters of Applied Positive Psychology: The MAPP Program

Masters of applied positive psychologyInterested in pursuing your love of positive psychology further? Good news—in recent years, we’ve seen more and more opportunities arise for developing that interest academically.

On this page, we’ve listed MAPP (or relevant related) opportunities from a wide range of institutions across the world. For those who can’t find something locally in this list, we’ve also included excellent Distant learning options.

And, to reflect the manifold applications of Positive Psychology—in education, social work, therapy, counseling, and more—we’ve included how the different Positive Psychology MAPPs aim to cover specific subfields.

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How to Acquire Certification or a Degree

Different Certificates, Diplomas, and qualifications are available for all kinds of graduates and professionals who want to study Positive Psychology. Besides the more general ‘Positive Psychology Diplomas’ and similar, there are certificates and qualifications around the world that focus on what we just referred to as ‘subfields’.

More strictly speaking, there is a range of disciplines in which PP approaches and tools provide value, such as teaching (Positive Education), sports (Positive Coaching), and more.

It is possible to apply online for most of the Positive Psychology study options we have encountered; on this site, we also have a list of Positive Psychology courses that are being updated all the time.

What’s right for you will depend on your level of interest, prior experience, and available time to commit, but the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology is one option that is growing in popularity.

Master’s of Applied Positive Psychology

As with most other Master’s programs, universities offering a MAPP will often accept applicants who have either relevant professional experience or a Bachelor’s degree. Some will require that this undergraduate degree is from a related field, while others don’t have this prerequisite.

This is down to the growing awareness of how Positive Psychology and its principles can be used in a huge number of different fields, from coaching and teaching to social welfare and beyond. The University of Melbourne’s MAPP program, as one example, welcomes applicants with prior experience in:
  • Economics;
  • Law;
  • Healthcare;
  • Business; and more.

Is a Degree or Work Experience Essential?

If you would prefer not to apply on the basis of your Bachelor’s degree or work experience, you may want to try out a less demanding postgraduate pathway first. Of course, that isn’t to say the content will be vastly different, but there are postgraduate study options which aren’t as time-intensive as a Master’s.

Several of the MAPP opportunities listed here are offered by institutions that also run postgraduate diplomas or certificates; Angela Ruskin University and New Buckinghamshire University are two examples. The credits earned from successfully completing one of these qualifications may well be transferrable over to a MAPP if you wish to continue on later down the line.

Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP)

As opposed to a Masters of Positive Psychology, a Masters of Applied Psychology (MAPP) program is designed to impart more of the practical skills, tools, and knowledge that can be applied straight away. An MSc in Positive Psychology, on the other hand, will often be more theory-focused; it will often be structured so that students learn about the key thinking that has shaped—and continues to shape—the field.

Both, of course, consider evidence, interventions, and theories of key PP topics: wellbeing, mindfulness, happiness, strengths, flourishing, and more. A MAPP, however, is more about applying theoretical and research-based insights in your professional practice. As an example, the University of Pennsylvania has the longest running, and one of the most famous, MAPP programs worldwide.

Applied Positive Psychology at UPenn

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The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) is home to the world’s very first MAPP program and it has no defined course prerequisites. Martin Seligman, one of the field’s founding fathers, helped to establish this course and sits on the faculty team.

The Applied focus of this degree means that course covers the tools and techniques for Positive Psychology interventions, potentially for a whole range of interdisciplinary applications.

The eight modules are:

  • Introduction to Positive Psychology;
  • Research Methods and Evaluation;
  • Foundations of Positive Interventions;
  • Perspectives on Wellbeing;
  • Positive Psychology and Individuals;
  • Humanities and Human Flourishing;
  • Positive Education; and
  • Applying Positive Psychology Interventions in Institutions.

New applicants can join during the Fall semester, which starts in September and runs for five weeks. The course boasts a hybrid structure, which means that one week of on-site learning each month is followed by distance learning modules until the next month’s on-site.

After completing the core modules, students complete a capstone project, an opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in their research or professional settings.


  • Entry Requirement: A Bachelor’s from an accredited institution, with a GPA of 3.0 overall. Applicants must also provide evidence of analytical and quantitative skills from prior coursework or an exam.
  • Where: On-site sessions at UPenn, Philadelphia Campus, plus distant learning modules.
  • Dates: September 2020 start
  • Duration: One year
  • Price: $60,660 (2018 to 2019 fees applicable to change)

Find out more about UPenn’s MAPP at the official website.

Study Options in the UK and Europe

If you are based in the UK and looking for a MAPP opportunity near you, here are some great options from accredited institutions. These include the University of East London’s MAPPCP, Angela Ruskin University, and Buckinghamshire New University.

Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at UEL

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This program is a Masters of Science (MSc) that can be studied either by distance learning or on-site at the University of East London (UEL).

This course also goes by the acronym MAPPCP—Master of Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology. The UEL is the first institution in the world to offer this unique combination of specializations, having combined elements from two of its other Master’s programs.

In this respect, the course offers an original approach which synthesizes theory and research for applied, modern training on wellbeing.

There are 8 core modules covering both research-based aspects and practical coaching elements:

  • Perspectives on Wellbeing
  • Multidimensional Flourishing
  • The Search for Something Higher
  • The Practice of Evidence-based Coaching
  • Coaching in Professional Contexts 1
  • Developing a Professional Coaching Practice
  • Research Methods and Dissertation 1
  • Research Methods and Dissertation 2

Three are coaching modules, two are research methods-based, and a further three are focused on Positive Psychology. Students will learn not only about key topics such as motivation, goal-setting, and cognition but also about how these overlap with one another and with the coaching aspects taught.


  • Entry Requirement: A degree, preferably Social Sciences-based, with a minimum of 2.1 honors.
  • Where: Campus-based in London or online for distance learning.
  • Dates: September 2019
  • Duration: One year
  • Price: UK or EU applicants £10,200 (full-time) or £1,700 per module (part-time); International applicants £13,260 (full-time only). Distance learning fees are module-only, at £1,700 for international and UK/EU applicants.

Access more details on the distance learning Masters program here and the campus-based MSc here.

Anglia Ruskin University: Applied Positive Psychology MSc

Anglia Ruskin’s MAPP is for applicants who want to use positive psychology in a wide range of fields. That includes training, civil service, life coaching, industrial/organizational settings, education, healthcare, NGO, or social work fields.

Counselors and therapists interested in applying the relevant theory or approaches in their practices can also pursue this Masters, which is assessed entirely by completing coursework. Like the UEL MSc just covered, the Anglia Ruskin MAPP takes place partly through on-site, face-to-face classes and partly online.

All three tracks teach an:

  • Introduction to Positive Psychology (on-site either in Paris or Cambridge, depending on when you start)
  • Research Methods for Psychology (distance learning)
  • Major Psychology Project (distance learning)

The elective modules, offered in the UK Cambridge Campus, are:

  • Positive Relationships;
  • Neuroscience of Well-being;
  • Positive Psychology for Practitioners;
  • Well-being: Economic, Social and Behavioural Causes; and
  • Positive Child Development.

The Paris options include:

  • Positive Society;
  • Positive Education;
  • Positive Performance;
  • Positive Psychology Coaching; and
  • Positive Organisations and Appreciative Inquiry.


  • Entry Requirement: A Bachelor’s or another undergraduate degree with 2:1 honor—in any field of study.
  • Where: Anglia Ruskin Campuses in Cambridge and Paris, and online.
  • Dates: Semester 1 takes place in Cambridge, starting September; Semester 2 is in Paris and starts in January.
  • Duration: 15 months full-time, 27 months part-time.
  • Price: UK/EU rates are £10,700 per year (full-time) or £5,350 per year (part-time); International students pay £13,700 for a full-time year and £6, 850 annually (part-time).

For more information visit the official website.

Buckinghamshire New University: MSc in Applied Positive Psychology

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Another Masters program that welcomes applicants from a vast array of disciplines. The Buckinghamshire New University (Bucks) MAPP looks at topics such as wellbeing, strength, happiness, and purpose. Theory, techniques, and practices are taught in this two-year course, which culminates in a dissertation.

As well as this, the course covers research methods and the history and evolution of Positive Psychology as a field. It is designed to provide students with the practical and thinking skills required in careers such as Positive Education, training, coaching, and similar.

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Positive Psychology: Happiness, Well-being, and Flourishing;
  • Strengths-based Development and Engagement;
  • Positive Subjective Emotion and Experience;
  • The Psychology of Hope and Resilience;
  • The Journey of Change;
  • Positive Psychology in Practice;
  • Applied Research Skills; and
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation.

There is a dissertation for students to complete at the end of this; students not wanting to undertake the Masters can also consider the University’s Postgraduate Diploma or Certificate in Positive Psychology.


  • Entry Requirement: Applicants with professional experience in Positive Psychology or a relevant related field are considered, as are graduates with a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree or above.
  • Where: Bucks’ High Wycombe Campus, UK
  • Dates: Starts September 2019
  • Duration: Two years of part-time study
  • Price: UK and EU students of the Flexible & Distributed (Distance) Learning course pay (starting September 2019) £3,300 for the first year and £6,600 for the second.

Here is the official site for this program.

Master’s Degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPPA) – Universitat Jaume I

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Delivered online and on-site, Universitat Jaume I of Castellon’s MAPPA is the first of its kind in Spain. Endorsed by the Spanish Society of Positive Psychology (SEPP), blends theory and practical applications to explore the field and its science in-depth.

This MAPPA features a mentoring program so that students receive guidance through their studies and final project, and professional development is emphasized through both mentorship and academic training. There are also opportunities for students to pursue an internship and undertake a creativity and entrepreneurship seminar.

The modules include:

  • Introduction to Positive Psychology;
  • Psychological Wellbeing and Happiness;
  • Psychological Strengths;
  • Positive Psychological Capital;
  • Positive Organizations;
  • Positive Interventions in Mindfulness and Appreciative Inquiry;
  • Positive Interventions in Clinical Psychology and Health;
  • Positive Interventions in Socio-Emotional Intelligence;
  • Positive Interventions in Coaching; and
  • Positive Interventions in Education


  • Entry Requirement: An undergraduate degree—ideally in Psychology or a closely related field, or students who have completed a certain amount of undergraduate study.
  • Where: Online or at the Castellon Campus
  • Dates: Starts in September
  • Duration: One academic year
  • Price: Registration was €2,200 in 2018, which includes a €300 reservation fee.

Find out more about the course on their site.

Study Options in Australia

Australia, in particular, has seen a large growth in public attention on Positive Psychology. Fields such as Positive Education, Positive Psychotherapy have grown considerably, alongside the now much broader applications of Positive Psychology Interventions in myriad fields (Vella-Broderick, 2011).

The most well-known MAPP in Australia is run by the University of Melbourne, and Associate Professor Vella-Broderick is one of the Centre for Positive Psychology members behind its development.

Master of Applied Positive Psychology at Melbourne University

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Melbourne University’s Applied Positive Psychology Masters explores the concepts and theories of the field, as well as various key frameworks for wellbeing, positive interventions, and ethics involved. There is a strong emphasis on the use of Positive Psychology practices in leadership.

Strengths-based skills, for example, are taught as an important part of students’ professional development.

Run by the Melbourne Graduate School’s Centre for Positive Psychology, the team behind the course include Professor Lea Waters, Associate Professors Dianne Vella-Brodrick and Lindsay Oades, and Dr. Peggy Kern.

It’s designed for those who wish to apply positive change and leadership approaches in health, law, business, education, psychology, and economics, and takes place over either one or two years.

The three core for this MAPP include:

  • Principles of Positive Psychology;
  • Positive Psychology and Organizations; and
  • Applications of Positive Psychology.

During the second year (part-time) or second semester (full-time), students undertake a capstone MAPP project to complete their degree.


  • Entry Requirement: Either five years of professional experience or an equivalent combination of postgraduate study and work experience in a relevant field.
  • Where: Melbourne University’s Parkville Campus
  • Dates: Begins March 2019, with a February intake
  • Duration: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
  • Price: $37,792 per year for domestic students, $52,608 for international students

Visit the Melbourne University website for more information about this Masters course.

Institute for Applied Positive Psychology

The Institute for Applied Positive Psychology (IAPP) does not offer a MAPP program at present. However, it does provide a selection of Master Classes, Intensive Applied Positive Psychology courses, and retreats. That is, the IAPP is a Positive Psychology training provider.

The IAPP is based in Australia’s Norfolk Island and was established in 2014 to integrate academic theory with hands-on practical applications of Positive Psychology. IAPP courses are thus focused on the ‘how’ rather than the ‘what’ or ‘why’ of the field and their courses are suited, on the whole, for all kinds of practitioners.

This includes professionals wishing to learn how to apply Positive Psychology approaches and tools in teaching, healthcare, organizational settings, and in communities more broadly.

The IAPP also aims to develop a network of like-minded professionals driven by action toward personal wellbeing and development. You can learn more about the IAPP here.

Study Options in the US

If you are keen to study in the States, there are other Masters programs in Positive Psychology besides the MAPP.

Life University

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This private, Atlanta-based University offers a Master of Science in Positive Psychology (MSPP), with three separate tracks that students can pursue.

These are:

  • General Track – An online program with three quarters. In Quarter 1, students learn Introduction to Positive Psychology, Research Methods and Statistics, and The Science of Happiness: Approaches to the Good Life. This program offers a systematic take on the content at hand so students can graduate to apply PP across different environments.
  • Coaching Psychology – Another three-quarter course that equips students to work inside scholar- or scientist-practitioner frameworks. It requires them to attend residencies, and graduates receive 210 hours of coach training so that they are ready to take Approved Board Certified Coach (BCC) exams on completion.
  • Secular Ethics and Contemplative Science – This program takes six quarters to complete and involves students engaging personally with Positive Psychology Interventions such as meditation, Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT). It is a specialization in contemplative science, studies, and psychology including modules such as Compassion: Science, Theory, and Practice, Introduction to Secular Ethics, and The Art of Self-Care: Mindfulness, Meditation, and the Mind/Body Connection.

Students’ final assessments will vary depending on the track that they’ve chosen.


  • Entry Requirement: Bachelor’s degree with evidence of a 3.0 GPA
  • Where: Both online and on-site at Life University’s Atlanta Campus.
  • Dates: There are four yearly intakes for the Coaching Track MSPP; April (Spring), July (Summer), October (Fall), and January (Winter). Contact the University to find out more about starting dates for the specific pathway you are interested in.
  • Duration: One year (General Track and Coaching Track), or two years (Secular Ethics and Contemplative Science).
  • Price: You can find the various costs at this link.

Learn more about whether the Life University MSPP might suit you.

Other Study Options

Students in the African continent who wish to study an on-campus Masters can consider The North-West University’s MAPP program.

The North-West University Master of Applied Positive Psychology

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The North-West University MAPP provides students with knowledge and skills for those already in a professional capacity, although this isn’t a strict prerequisite.

The learnings will equip graduates with Positive Psychology expertise to apply in fields such as social work, charity, education, business, health, and public service, amongst others. It is a good foundation for those looking to pursue a Ph.D. in the field.

This program involves several sessions at the University’s Potchefstroom Campus during the first year of the Master’s. After this, students undertake assignments; in the second year, they do a mini-dissertation.

Modules featured in this MAPP are:

  • Introduction to Positive Psychology;
  • Research Methods in Positive Psychology;
  • Assessment and Basics of Interventions;
  • Advanced Positive Psychology; and
  • A research mini-dissertation in Positive Psychology.


  • Entry Requirement: An honors degree or its equivalent qualification with an average mark of 65% or above; this can be in Psychology or a related discipline.
  • Where: North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa.
  • Dates: Selection occurs during October and November.
  • Duration: Two years
  • Price: Not specified

Find out more about this MAPP here.

Distant Learning Options

A host of distant learning options are now available for all kinds of subjects in general. This includes Positive Psychology, and distance learning is opening up the field to students on a worldwide scale. Online Master’s programs offer professionals the flexibility to cover the course material at a time that works best for the individual, as they don’t require physical on-site attendance at lectures and similar.

A Few Notes on Distance Learning

One of the key advantages of a Distance Learning Masters is that there are no geographical limits on attendance.

Course content in distance learning courses is generally a combination of online lectures and interactive tutorials, delivered through the University’s Learning Management System (LMS). Students can usually ask questions and receive feedback through emails with tutors, and lectures themselves tend to be made available for download to maximize the convenience of e-learning.

Assessments are often submitted online as Word Documents or similar, using platforms such as TurnItIn.

Distance learning, in general, is often more economical than attending on-campus classes, however, they offer limited—if any—opportunities for face-to-face interaction.

Here is one of the better-known online MAPPs available.

Master of Applied Positive Psychology – CQ University Australia

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While Central Queensland University is based in Australia, the CQU Master of Applied Positive Psychology is an online course. Students will consider the goals and applications of PP tools in different fields, with the course content integrating aspects from coaching, health psychology, counseling, community development, social innovation, and more.

The overall aim is to equip (post)graduates with tools and skills for increasing wellbeing in others, both at a community and individual level. The applications of PP interventions and tools are considered at a broader, societal level, too, as this MAPP takes a holistic approach.

Ten core units make up this MAPP:

  1. Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing;
  2. Inter-disciplinary Approaches to Positive Psychology;
  3. Applied Positive Psychology;
  4. Positive Psychology: Research Methods;
  5. Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills;
  6. Building Wellbeing and Resilience: Interconnected Factors;
  7. Coaching Individuals for Positive Change;
  8. Wellbeing Initiatives: Local and Global Scales;
  9. An Applied Positive Psychology Project A; and
  10. An Applied Positive Psychology Project B – these latter two are thesis-related projects.


  • Entry Requirement: Bachelor’s degree from an Australian College or University—in any field.
  • Where: Online/Distance Learning.
  • Dates: Term 1 begins March, Term 2 in July, and Term 3 in November.
  • Duration: Full-time 2 years, part-time 4 years
  • Price: Full fees for Australian students are found here (pdf), and for international students, check this pdf.

Find the official information for this program here at this page.

Jobs and Careers

A good description of Positive Psychology comes from Seligman himself, and he describes it as:

“The scientific study of what makes life most worth living.”
(Peterson et al., 2008)

To that end, the applications of Positive Psychology are extensive, whether you’re a dedicated practitioner or using the principles in another line of work. Having a Master of Applied Psychology can increase your employability in fields where human growth, development, well-being, and flourishing are important. This is especially true if your MAPP is specialized in a specific area.

Common examples of such fields, or the fastest-growing fields where Positive Psychology plays a role, include:

Social Work

A quick glance at any of the Positive Psychology conference symposia will reveal a huge uptick in the use of PP approaches. Examples can be seen in voluntary or charity-based sectors, where resilience techniques and frameworks are applied in community or social well-being initiatives (e.g. Van Breda, 2018).

Counseling, of course, often involves applying Positive Psychology tools to help individuals and groups facing adversity, or in crisis management.

Positive Education

Positive Education combines traditional education with the study of Positive Psychology concepts, such as well-being and happiness.

Curricula are now expanding beyond what are sometimes called ‘hard skills’, or core subjects such as Maths. More and more schools are encompassing PP-related aspects both into classroom management and teaching practice.

As well as this, the concept of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is fast becoming part of curricula, with emotional intelligence at the fore of the movement. With Columbia University researchers finding a remarkably high ROI for investments on SEL at schools, demand for Positive Psychology skills can likely be expected to rise (Brotto, 2018).


On the sports coaching side of things, Positive Coaching involves using science-based PP techniques and approaches to coach and develop athletes (Pidgeon, 2019). For most coaches, a MAPP can thus be a means of enhancing their existing practices, while expanding their professional toolkits.

Off the playing field, Positive Psychology can play a huge role in coaching individuals, teams, and employees in organizations. Seligman has written on the subject of coaching more broadly, saying:

“One need not be a licensed psychologist, or even a psychologist, to practice positive psychology or to practice coaching.”
(Seligman, 2007:267)

Nonetheless, there are now various MAPP pathways that can lead to accreditation, and help aspiring coaches to practice independently with a license. Some are included above, and we will update this page as more MAPP programs are introduced.

If you know of a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology that hasn’t been included in this article, please let us know. Or, if you are looking for a different academic pathway to grow your PP skill set, have a look at our page on Positive Psychology Courses.

ED: Updated April 2019

We hope you enjoyed reading this article. Don’t forget to download our 3 Positive Psychology Exercises for free.


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What our readers think

  1. Hashim

    Hi, I am very interested in applying for the MAPP CP program at UEL and was wondering if any of the students here have actually graduated from the program recently and can comment on the admin issues still being an issue 7 years later? Separately, what are your thoughts on the program and post graduation opportunities/recognition, how has your experience been so far?

    Please be so kind to respond as I am considering to do this on top of a very demanding day job so time and funds are limited. Thank you!

  2. Joan

    Hello- am so happy to have found this site! Currently, I am pursuing a Wellness Counseling Certificate through E Cornell.
    Through research, I have discovered MAPP and quickly realized this is the approach I would like to implement in my coaching/Counseling. I am interested in MAPP at U of Penn, but at this time am pursuing distance learning only- any suggestions? Thank you Joan

    • Nicole Celestine, Ph.D.

      Hi Joan,

      Glad you’ve found our site useful! If you’re only interested in distance learning (and assuming UPenn doesn’t offer any distance learning options), definitely check out the online program through Central Queensland University. The University of Melbourne also has a similar program.

      I hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  3. Angelina Fridlund


    Can any of the educations be done completely at a distance?

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Angelina,

      In light of COVID-19, many programs are changing their requirements to facilitate distance learning. As such, I’d recommend getting in touch with the program organizers for some of these courses to see which modes of learning they are currently accommodating (this article may not reflect their most current offerings).

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  4. Ju Yeun

    Is MAPP in Singapore as well?

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Ju,

      Tricky question! I know you can study Positive Psych at the diploma level in Singapore, but I’m not sure about the Masters level. I’d suggest reaching out to Singapore’s School of Positive Psychology and see what programs they offer (or if they know of any in Singapore’s universities).

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  5. Nahid

    so good! What about Canada?!

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Nahid,

      Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be too much information about MAPP programs in Canada, but I’d suggest reaching out to the Canadian Positive Psychology Association to see if they can point you in the right direction.

      Hope this helps!

      – Nicole | Community Manager

  6. Hanny

    I’ll apply MAPP in Bucks next year. Any alumni in Bucks can share the experience studying there and find jobs after graduate?
    I understand that this course more or less extending the knowledge for students applying to their current jobs. What is the chance for those who’re totally new in the field and want to switch the job after the program?

  7. hagar

    Hi may i know if there are any full scholarship online??

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Hagar,
      I would reach out to the coordinators of any programs you are interested in undertaking to see if they can connect you to their scholarship teams and give advice. Many scholarships are tied to particular institutions or geographic regions, so it’s often best to ask at the institution where you plan to undertake the program of study.
      – Nicole | Community Manager

  8. Daniel Oduho

    Very interesting course, may I know if there is full scholarship for aspiring Students from South Sudan. I would like to pursue MAPP program with focus on positive education, Psycho-social well-being and resilience, which includes counseling.

    • Nicole Celestine, Community Manager

      Hi Daniel,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately (after some searching) I have been unable to locate any MAPP courses been run in South Sudan specifically. So, one of the online options may be your best bet (here’s a link for more info about CQ University’s MAPP program in Australia if you’re interested).
      – Nicole | Community Manager

  9. Shirley AA Voss

    I’m hoping to find (not sure if it exists) a MA/PhD (or PsyD) program in PP with a focus on Counseling. The idea is to be able to sit for and pass a US State licensure exam to earn the credential of Licensed Positive Psychology Counselor (or “Therapist”). I’d prefer an online program, but I can relocate if necessary. Finally, I’d like to complete it in 18-24 mos.; and if must be affordable (less than $20,000 for the e tire program) … Does such a degree program exist? Where is it?
    Thank you.
    P.S. no GRE requirement

    • Jana

      Hi Shirley,
      I am also interested in Ma/Phd program in PP with a focus on counseling. were you able to find something ?
      I have been looking and I found an online MAPP from accredited school in Florida. But the school has a different program for counseling.

      • Natalie Thompson

        I am currently seeking an online course in PP in Florida. You mentioned you found one- would you mind sharing that info.? Many thanks and all the best to you!

    • Nicole Celestine

      Hi Shirley,
      Thanks for your question! In this post, we have a list of 7 Masters programs on positive psychology (several of which I believe have a therapy/counseling focus). You’d need to inquire with the program coordinators or check the individual websites to see what the admission requirements are and whether they’re available online.
      I hope this helps!
      – Nicole | Community Manager

  10. Romina Piñeiro

    Very interesting information! Can you share more details regarding scholarships for latinamerican students?

  11. Kathryn

    Hi. Does anyone know of a MAPP in Canada? Specifically Toronto. I can’t seem to find any info. Thanks

  12. Siny

    Hello! University College Cork in Ireland also offers a MA in Applied Psychology (Positive and Coaching Psychology)-
    Has anyone studied there? Would appreciate if anyone could share your experience and thought, as there isn’t a lot of information I can find online about the course. Thanks alot!

    • Aoife Lenox

      I am looking at this course also. I believe there are e-mail addresses on the page if you e-mail your questions.

  13. Charlene Lamb

    Positive psychology is really working! I really glad people start using it. I hope in a short time people will have a desire to learn.

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  15. Javier Cañete

    Hello guys
    A new MAPPA master in Spain at Universitat Jaume I of Castello held (link), this is lead by Marisa Salanova and Merche Ventura .
    This is a presential and online course, so we are people from Spain and also from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
    Great stuff, please update!

    • Anna

      Hi, this is in Spain I guess, or in English?
      Thank you

      • Hanny

        it’s in Spain. I just got reply from the course.
        I hope it’s still relevant for others.

  16. Tara Schofield

    Hi Seph,
    There is an exciting new series of MSc APP courses underway in Singapore, via Anglia Ruskin University and The School of Positive Psychology. The first is Asia!!

    • Stephanie Diepering

      Hello Tara, thanks for letting us know. We will be sure to add them to the list. Glad that Asia is part of finally part of the MAPPiverse.

  17. Teresa Coffey

    Hello I was hoping to apply to the University of Melbourne who offer MAPP.
    My question is regarding whether this masters is recognised in australia (and aliike) by APA?
    My main objective is become an allied health professional (requiring registration). I just wouldnt want to waste my time in applying. I cant’ seem to get any answers….

  18. India

    I am applying at the moment to the MAPPCP at UEL. I was wondering if anyone here had done it?
    All the teaching is on weekends (one weekend per month). I am planning to do it full-time so wonder what I would do all the rest of the time?! Is it busy enough to study all the time? Or are you always out researching/ coaching? Also – how do you find people to coach? Do you get a job in an organisation, take a voluntary role or just ask people if you can coach them?!
    Any advice much appreciated, thanks.

    • Kirsti

      Hi India – I am applying to UEL at the moment and wondering the same thing. Calculated by how many hours they say you need per week per course, the full time version sounds too busy to work (I’m assuming that is down to readings, research etc). Did you manage to find out any information regarding your question? I would want to work at the same time so I’m thinking to do it part time… Bur then it is only one day of lectures per month. Thank you 🙂

      • Gráinne

        Hi Kirsti – I have applied to start in Jan 207 and just came across this feed and am worried now because I can only do the distance learning. Can u give me feedback on whether you found it ok? Any comments greatly appreciated ????

  19. Jana

    Hello! thank you very much for the comments. I am about to enroll at UEL for the MAPP and Psy of Coaching. Does anyone of you has the experience about the coaching module please? I am already trained as a coach and I am wondering whether to go through it again via UEL – what is the added value?
    I am still hesitant as I find the UEL communication very chaotic already and I wonder also about the costs of the studies…
    Thanks in advance for your advise!

  20. Galen Townson

    There’s been a MAPP at University of Melbourne since 2014 (link)

  21. Nicky Chapman

    I’m hoping to attend the MAPP at either UEL or Bucks – in the review above you mention Bucks has a ‘somewhat unique curriculum’ – is that in a good way? Also the UEL course seems to have changed a little and incorporates a coaching element now. Any thoughts on which one would be better?

    • Natalie

      I’ve just applied to Bucks. I’m yet to discover whether the “somewhat unique curriculum” is a good or bad thing!! Did you make a decision?

      • Lorraine

        Hi Nathalie,
        I saw your post that you have enrolled to the mentioned course at Bucks in 2016. How was the experience?I am trying to find about this course overall as i am still reviewing various options. Thanks

  22. Kirsti

    Hi! I plan to apply to the MAPP programme at UEL for either this September or next year. The entry requirements state that all applicants would need to attend an interview. Could anyone who has done/ is doing the programme tell me what time of year that usually is, and if it could be over Skype? I would be moving to the UK from South Africa for the programme if I were accepted, so before that time would be in SA.
    Thank you!

    • Ben Hudson

      Hi Kirsti,
      I completed the MAPP programm at UEL. From memory the interview was conducted over Skype. FYI, I live in Australia and actually completed the entire program without attending UEL.
      I hope you enjoy it!

      • Kirsti Bauer

        Thanks for the info, Ben!

      • Uzma

        Hi Ben…Good to know that you r done. How was ur experience. Can you plz share ur experience with UEL online MAPP in detail.I ‘ll be grateful.

      • Uzma

        Hi Ben…Good to know that you r done. How was ur experience. Can you plz share ur experience with UEL online MAPP in detail.I ‘ll be grateful.

      • Linda

        Hi Ben,
        Like Uzma, I would also really appreciate your feedback as to how you found studying successfully with UEL from Australia. Im in NZ and hoping to do the study Thanks!

  23. John

    University of Missouri has a master s in Ed. in Positive sports psychology with emphasis in Positive Caching. !100% online

  24. Cäcilia Strasen

    Hi there,
    I am also very interested in studying Positive Psychology as a postgraduate degree. I am particularly interested in the one offered at UEL in combination with Coaching Psychology, I am a little worried about the administration issues, but since I will be studying in London and not doing it online, I guess that might help. Due to the fees, I will probably study part time. In order to make the best informed decision, I would really appreciate it, if former or current students could share their experiences about MAPP courses they attended in the UK. Please be so kind and sent me an E-Mail or comment here, that would help so so much!
    I was also wondering if there are any study abroad options, so that I would be able to experience a different University for one term for theses particular programmes.
    Thank you so much 🙂

    • Teresa Collis

      Hi Cacilia,
      I’m doing the MAPPCP at UEL via distance learning part time (I’m based in Australia).
      I’m only a couple of months in, and while I am sure that the academic credentials are brilliant, I’m afraid I have to agree with many others comments here that the admin is an absolute nightmare. The cohort (both DL and OC) seem to be very disengaged – no-one has volunteered to be a student rep and so I despair of any genuine feedback being given.
      The few lecturers I have had contact with have personally been extremely helpful and responsive, and I really feel for them having to deal with all the admin issues that clearly are not their fault. Perhaps the OC students are having a better experience – I hope so!
      I intend to continue – as I said, the academic credentials of the university and the lecturers is excellent – but dealing with all the admin stuff is not for the faint hearted, that’s for sure!
      Good luck 🙂

      • Cäcilia

        Thank you for sharing your impression!
        Is anyone of you guys currently studying the Msc Applied Positive Psychology at Bucks University? If so, what are your experiences? That would be another Master I am interested in!

    • Ciara

      A sincere Thank you to everyone who answered my query about distance learnin. It looks like it is a common complaint across universities. The desire is there but not the resources on the ground. I think I will try to do the course part time but that is quite a logistical nightmare for me but I live in Ireland nearer to London that many others who have to do it online. I wish you the best of luck with your studies and thank you for your honesty and insights. Cheers Ciara

      • Seph Fontane Pennock

        Best of luck to you as well Ciara. I’m sure you’ll figure out what’s best for you. If you ever have any other PP-related questions or just feel like connecting, do stop by!
        All the best,

  25. Mireille

    Hi Seph, just wanted to update you re the MAPP course at UEL. They have merged it with the Coaching Psychology course so now it is a MSc in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, the first of its kind. I have applied and am waiting confirmation of a place – very excited to join this growing community!

  26. Ciara Nic Amhlaoibh

    I am hoping to study the MAPP course at UEL by distance learning. However I have heard from other students who have studied this way that it is very difficult and if it was at all possible I should try and study part-time. I would love to get in touch with anyone who has done this course by distance learning if possible.

    • Melanie

      Hi Ciara,
      I have just finished the first year of this and like many am not continuing because of these difficulties. The lecturers are wonderful but the administration of the program is horrendous. It doesn’t sound like much, but things like being unable to access the student site, being accidentally unenrolled the week before major assessment is due, and major deficits in communication really make a big difference and add a huge amounts of stress. If you are able to attend in person (I’m on the other side of the world so relied on email communication) that may help to resolve some issues, but there are also other courses available by distance.
      I hope that is helpful!

  27. Mariah Nielsen

    Hi there, do you know of any Universities that offer a Masters Degree in Positive Psychology (MAPP) that is taught online? I have checked the list above including Anglia Ruskin University, but no one seems to be offering the degree online. Maybe you can help? I’m based in Denmark and not able to study abroad. Thanks a lot!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi Mariah,
      At this moment, there is no 100% distance learning MAPP that I am aware of. The one at Melbourne and UEL come closest, but still require regular on-site attendance. Both of them offer a 1-year and a 2-year track, so that you can choose the intensity yourself. Since you are from Denmark, I can recommend you to consider the UEL MAPP. I would love to get you in touch with either the teaching staff or with students who have just finished the MAPP over there, if that helps. Let me know!

      • Jagoda Risteska

        Hi Seph,
        I am interested to apply for masters at UEL, particularly MSc Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology. Because my formal education is bachelors in business management, I was wondering if there is limitation for particular bachelors in order to be eligible to start MAPP? I do have experience and non-formal education by participation at different trainings and later I started with couching, organizing workshops for personal development, but I was wondering about the limitation that my education might be in the process. Do you have any information regarding this?

    • Melanie

      Hi Mariah, I posted this elsewhere because I couldn’t find your comment but just came across it-there is fully online options! I have been doing mine through UEL, the lecturers are wonderful but the administration is beyond horrendous. I’m leaving at Grad Cert level because I didn’t want to deal with it anymore. This is not a unique experience unfortunately.
      When we were going through the worst of the ‘administration issues’ this course came up on our cohort’s fb page as an option, which I believe is also fully online
      I don’t know anyone who’s done it so can’t comment on it, but I’m fairly neutral on the UEL one- I wouldn’t recommend it because of the level of issues, but also wouldn’t discourage anyone from going ahead if they’re equipped for the fight. Hopefully our cohort has brought the issues to attention and they may actually fix some things, but I do recall reading a lot of ‘don’t do it’ online when I was originally looking at UEL, and thought ‘how bad can it be?’ Silly question.

  28. asmita

    I would like to know if you have MAPP in india

  29. Jeff

    I have observed that there is now a Master of Applied Positive Psychology course offered by Melbourne University, Victoria, Australia

  30. Sheryl Neville

    Are there MAPP opportunities in Canada or must I study abroad

  31. Manal

    I’m looking into a program of Positive psychology in Detroit MI , or completely online program if found . please provide me with clear direction if possible!

  32. Jagoda Risteska

    Hi! I am interested in studying Positive Psychology somewhere in Europe, probably Netherlands or countries that offer scholarships. Would you please give information about Universities in European countries with PP masters program? I can see UK has 3 universities and also Maastricht in Netherlands, but apart from that where else this course is taught? Thank you!!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Jagoda. Did you check out the EMAPP program at Lisbon University yet? Hope their program suits your needs!

      • Jagoda Risteska

        Yes, I checked EMAPP program at Lisbon University, but they still do not offer the complete program taught in English.

  33. Jess

    Hi! I am trying to choose where to study the MAPP, and I found that UPenn is far more expensive than UEL. Is the difference in education/opportunities as substancial as the difference in prices? Can any of you help me through the process of decision? (Like, what are the main variables that I should be comparing) Thanks!

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Good question Jess. For one thing, the program at UPenn is not that easy to get into. I believe that the qualifications are stricter and there is a waiting list (of 2 years or so) as well. However, it is the most extensive and highest quality MAPP program that’s out there. If you want to know more about the MAPP at UEL, I suggest you get in touch with Kristen Truempy (see our team page) or Reza Zolfagharifard ( They will gladly provide you with more in depth info about this program.

  34. Pallavi

    I’ve completed my Masters in Educational Psychology from India (Fergusson and MSU, Baroda). I’ve always been a very sensitive person and did not want to focus on disorders. I therefore have always loved reading about developmental psychology as I believe in the saying “prevention is better than cure”.
    Having said that, I’m currently working as a school counselor and only deal with disorders!
    Will a course in Positive Psychology help me in creating a module where I can teach PP through activities at the school level?
    I’d also like to know if I can pursue a PhD in Music/Dance and PP OR Buddhism and Modern psychology.
    Another topic I’m interested in is “Parenting”.
    I’m extremely excited and plan to read more about Positive Psychology.
    Thank You 🙂

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hi there Pallavi – it seems you’re very passionate about positive psychology and all that it has to offer. I’ll gladly inform you about all of the different possibilities for (online) courses or programs in positive psychology. Expect an e-mail soon.

  35. Charlayne

    Ooops…forgot to mention I am in Alexandria VA. Currently work full-time and have a M.Ed in Counseling.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Hey Charlayne – I sent you an e-mail 🙂

  36. Charlayne

    I am interested in becoming a Life Coach after retirement (in about 10 yrs). I believe obtaining a MAPP degree would fit right in with my goal. What do you think? Thanks.

  37. Lucy

    I am trying to determine the difference between Transpersonal Psychology, Positive Psychology, and Consciousness. I am seeking a masters level, online, program which accommodates non dualism.

  38. Mind

    Hi Seph, is there a MAPP degree in Los Angeles? Thanks

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Not that I know of. If you join our Facebook Group, you can ask the people there. Cheers!

  39. teju

    Am from India and would want to do MAPP. Could you please guide me on the steps and process please.

    • Seph Fontane Pennock

      Sure thing Teju! Tell you what: why don’t you drop us an email explaining what it is that you’re looking for in a MAPP program, so that we can then point you in the right direction. Cheers!

  40. Reza Zolfagharifard

    Hi Constantina. It’s nice to know that you are interested to study MAPP. The whole purpose of our website is to help positive psychology enthusiasts by providing as much information as we can. I’m afraid that the scope of our support or assistance is limited to information. It would be helpful if you ask specific questions that you think are not answered in the articles, then we try to the best of our abilities to answer that question. Anyway, I wish you all the best for the future and look forward to hearing from you again.

  41. constantina panagiotou

    Hi i want to study positive Psychology.can you help me.


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