MS in Applied Positive Psychology

Online MAPP Program

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Master of Applied Positive Psychology 
Online MAPP Program

Become a powerful positive change force in communities, schools, clinics, businesses and leadership around the world as a graduate of PCOM’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program.

In whatever role you choose to pursue, you will be able to leverage the knowledge, skills and attitudes of an outlook rooted in seeing the best in yourself and others. Our program is designed to create thought leaders who rely on both science and heart to transform systems by creating “positive feedback loops.” We are focused on creating a workforce of the future that is well-equipped with practical approaches to fostering compassion, kindness, love, and achievement on a regional, national and global scale.

The fully online applied positive psychology program provides foundational knowledge in the areas of positive psychology, clinical health psychology and health behavior change, with a primary emphasis on positive psychology.

Upon completion of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, students will:

  • have skills in motivational interviewing and mindfulness.
  • be able to apply positive psychology interventions that include a focus on personal strengths, gratitude, kindness, purpose and love.
  • have honed their scholarly writing skills and feel more confident in taking a large-scale research-informed project from concept to implementation to evaluation.
  • be prepared to think about positive change from a biopsychosocial perspective that includes insight into key motivational principles that are important to healthy lifestyles.
Online MAPP Program Quick Facts
Duration 1 year, full-time
Credits 30
Location Online

About the Online MAPP Program

When we consider the importance of the mind-body connection and holistic views on well-being, PCOM is the ideal institution with its osteopathic tradition to offer a positive psychology degree as our programs prioritize expertise in whole person wellness. The Master of Applied Positive Psychology program provides educational and training options for students interested in grounding themselves academically and practically in a positive psychology-based orientation to helping others. The program also prepares students to pursue doctoral studies in psychology.

Online MAPP Program Mission and Objectives

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology program prepares students with the attitude, knowledge, and skill set to apply a culturally sensitive, strengths-based “human flourishing” model to enhance wellness, life satisfaction, and optimal functioning among individuals, families, communities, and organizations. The MAPP program blends positive psychological theory, research, and applied approaches in the areas of health behavior change, human development, education, and leadership. A particular emphasis falls on exploring innovative whole-person strategies to strengthen resilience at biological, social, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and spiritual levels. MAPP students also learn to critically evaluate research outcomes in positive psychology to inform practical ways of catalyzing change within clinical, community-based and corporate organizations.

MAPP Program Objectives

During the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, students will:

  • explore research and culturally sensitive interventions in the field of positive psychology.
  • understand human development and diversity through a positive psychology lens.
  • develop motivational interviewing skills focused on health behavior change.
  • apply a positive psychology and biopsychosocial framework to preventive health and disease management.
  • identify and elaborate on the intersection between CBT and positive psychology.
  • learn psychoeducational group facilitation skills in A Happier You and Health Support Program.
  • complete a capstone thesis that consists of developing, implementing, and evaluating a positive psychology project.
  • complete a 3-credit practicum experience over the year in existing positive psychology and clinical health psychology programs by participating in the Happier You and Health Support Programs.

Career Options

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology program prepares graduates to pursue careers options including:

  • Wellness coach
  • Health navigator
  • Care coordinator
  • Organizational consultant
  • Research coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Institutional wellness program director
  • Project manager
  • Wellness consultant

How to Apply to the Online MAPP Program

Visit the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program application requirements page for details regarding admissions requirements and the application process.

Costs and Financial Aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.

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PCOM Office of Admissions
Email: admissions@pcom.edu
Phone: 215-871-6700 | Fax: 215-872-6719

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