I’ve mentioned the folks working on Authentic Happiness before on this blog; they are led by Dr. Marty Seligman and located within the University of Pennsylvania. I first learned about Seligman via his book, Learned Optimism, which I read in the 1990s and still find reasons to think about (on a fairly regular basis) today. The institute and Dr. Seligman are pursuing the study of “positive psychology,” which differs from seeing the world and patients as a series of issues and problems, to instead focusing on “positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.”
Because I am one of the 700,000 people signed up with Authentic Happiness, I received their announcement about a new Master program in Positive Psychology (MAPP). I share the announcement in its entirety below.
For those of you considering school, this may be of interest. It is an executive education model, so many of the students will also be full-time workers who travel in to Philadelphia for the program. I think it sounds really fantastic and if someone would give me a scholarship, I’d be all over it!
Dear Authentic Happiness Member:
We are happy to announce that the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 academic year.
We are looking for the next class to join the more than 190 students who have enrolled in this extraordinary program in the five years since its inception and who are now applying positive psychology in education, medicine, law, business, psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, consulting, and elsewhere. Some of our younger students are now enrolled in Ph.D., J.D., or M.D. programs to further their training before engaging in the practice of positive psychology.
Because MAPP is offered on an executive education model, most of our students continue to work full time during the year and commute to Philadelphia – from across the United States and as far away as Mexico, the UK, Sudan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand! – for the on-site classes. While many students have already earned other master’s degrees or even Ph.D.’s, only a Bachelor’s degree is required for admission.
If you hold at least a Bachelor’s degree (or will complete one this spring), have an excellent academic record, and are interested in learning about positive psychology and its applications from leading researchers and practitioners in the field, we invite you to find out more about our program. If you think the program may be a good fit for you, we encourage you to submit an application before the deadline of March 1, 2010.
For more information about our program, please visit our website at
In addition to general program information, the website contains a link to a recorded Virtual Information Session that features input from administrators, professors, and students of the MAPP program.
Please feel free to pass this message along to anyone else you know who might be interested in this program.
Whatever you choose to do in this New Year, we hope it will be one of authentic happiness for you and yours.