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Global Education Programs

Global Education Programs

The following are a number of degree-granting programs in positive psychology that we have identified, offered by accredited institutions around the world.  New programs have been appearing regularly, so this list is not exhaustive.  If you are affiliated with a program that should be considered for inclusion here, please contact us.

(NOTE: IPPA may not be affiliated with or formally aligned with any of the institutions, universities, or organizations that are listed below; therefore, unless noted, we do not endorse, support, or recommend any programs of study that are listed below. This is for informational purposes only.).

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Aarhus University
Aarhus & Copenhagen, Denmark
Master of Positive Psychology
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Anglia Ruskin University
Paris, France and Cambridge, UK
Master of Science (MSc) Applied Positive Psychology
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Put yourself at the forefront of this developing discipline by joining a strand of applied psychology only offered at a few universities across the world.


Discover and discuss the nature of happiness, what helps people thrive and make a difference to everyday lives by studying MSc Applied Positive Psychology at ARU.

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Bucks New University
Buckinghamshire, England
MAPP programs
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Applied Positive Psychology can be used in a wide variety of job roles. Many of our students take advantage of flexible learning and stay in their current role. You'll immediately be able to apply what you learn. You'll see how Positive Psychology can make a huge difference, whether you need to boost morale in your workplace or improve productivity.


Some of our graduates choose to continue their education by completing a PhD. Continuing your education gives you the opportunity to develop your skills further and research your area of interest.

Other graduates have used their new skills to set a business. Positive Psychology Learning (PPL) was set up by two graduates and offers positive psychology courses, consultancy and coaching.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?
Positive Psychology will change the way you look at the world. From a personal perspective you’ll understand your happiness and strengths in a different way.

This Applied Positive Psychology course will provide you with a confident skill set that will support you in any career. You’ll immediately be able to apply your knowledge to day-
to-day life.

As well as learning theory and application, you will also learn to analyse and interpret a range of types of data and develop a critically reflective approach to your learning.

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Chilean Institute of Positive Psychology
Santiago, Chile
Master in Positive Psychotherapy (MPSP) & Master in Positive Coaching (MPC)
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Chinese University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
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The goal of the Positive Psychology and Education (PoPE) Lab is to conduct cutting-edge research on the science of motivation, well-being, and socio-emotional learning.


We are a community of learners whose vision is to lead scientific research that empowers students and teachers to not just succeed but to flourish.

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Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, CA, United States
Programs in Positive Developmental Psychology, Organizational Psychology, Health Psychology, and Human Resource Development
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At the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation, we train passionate scholars and researchers to tackle the pressing issues of the day in education, politics, health care, applied psychology, and more.


Our master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs provide interdisciplinary scholarship in the social sciences to solve real-world problems and enhance quality of life in society.

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IE University
Madrid, Spain
Executive Master in Positive Leadership and Strategy (EXMPLS)
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People are the heart and soul of all organizations, and as technology changes the world around us, business success will always need to effectively leverage their most valuable resource.


Positive Psychology allows you to tap into human behavior and practice transformational leadership, taking your own performance – as well as that of your team – from a point of strength to a point of extraordinary performance. In the face of epic levels of change and an imperative to innovate, implementing positive leadership approaches in the way you lead will enhance your team’s happiness, wellbeing, and productivity—enabling your company to thrive in an increasingly competitive market landscape.

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North-West University
Potchefstroom, South Africa
Master of Arts in Positive Psychology (MAPP)
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he purpose of MAPP is to offer students an advanced knowledge base of and research competence into the nature, development and enhancement of psychosocial well-being and health in various contexts, developmental phases, cultural groups, etc.


Phenomena include amongst others positive emotions, the experience of meaning, resilience, character strengths, optimism, enabling social contexts and positive institutions. A basic premise of positive psychology is that human flourishing cannot be achieved simply through curing pathology and eliminating behavioural and emotional problems, but requires building and capitalising on strengths and capabilities.

Overall aims of the programme are to enable students to:

  • Acquire a thorough knowledge and deep understanding of positive psychology in terms of the theory, research and intellectual background thereof;
  • Acquire knowledge of a range of tools in positive psychology, develop skills for applying these in the professional contexts of the students and for finding innovative applications in new situations;
  • Acquire an in depth knowledge of appropriate methods for research and data analyses.
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TecMilenio University
Monterrey, Mexico
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At Universidad TecMilenio we have created the Institute for Wellbeing and Happiness, which promotes wellbeing through:


1. Teaching the foundations for a fulfilling life
2. A proposal for positive practices to promote our students and collaborators’ happiness.
3. Research of the basic wellbeing principles.
4. Dissemination of the results derived from our experience and research.

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School of Positive Psychology
Bachelors, Masters
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Established in 2007, The School of Positive Psychology is the pioneer education and training facility in Singapore and Asia, established to promote the art, the science and practice of positive psychology.


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Universidade de Lisboa
Lisbon, Portugal
Executive Master
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University of East London
London, United Kingdom
MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology
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The MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, one of the only courses of its kind in the world, fully integrates positive psychology and coaching psychology to create an innovative training programme for those promoting wellbeing.


This course is available in the following three options:

  • Full-time on-campus (12 months)
  • Full-time distance learning (12 months)
  • Part-time distance learning (24 months)

There is a growing recognition within the world’s coaching and positive psychology community that such integration is an important step forward, providing clients with a more open-minded approach to their mental health. From the point of view of positive psychology, the course will have a strong foundation in cutting-edge theory and research relating to wellbeing. The coaching element will feature advanced training in working with clients and groups in professional capacities.

Our aim is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be able to help people and organisations to flourish. It combines the study of cutting-edge empirical research and theory on wellbeing with the practical skills and competencies you need to apply this expertise in the real world. The result is a course designed to empower students to truly make a positive difference in the world.

Our course is accredited at Master Practitioner level by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). After graduating you will be able to apply for the Foundation, Practitioner, Senior Practitioner and, eventually, Master Practitioner level according to your level of experience.

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University of Melbourne
Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Master of Applied Positive Psychology
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Australia’s leading Masters in Applied Positive Psychology explores the science of wellbeing with an evidence-based approach.


You will gain a scientific understanding of how humans flourish and communities and institutions can be strengthened through positive psychology. The course will equip you to apply positive psychology principles in your professional and personal life.


The course is for students looking for a scientific approach to studying wellbeing and anyone in a professional setting wanting to increase productivity. Graduates with either professional experience or post-graduate study are welcome to apply. The program is ideal for teachers, HR professionals, entrepreneurs, consultants, health or law professionals.

Please note: the Master of Applied Positive Psychology does not carry professional accreditation and is not a pathway to professional registration as a psychologist.


On the Master of Applied Positive Psychology, you’ll be taught by a number of internationally recognised education experts, including Professor Lea Waters, Associate Professor Lindsay Oades, Associate Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Associate Professor Aaron Jarden and Dr Peggy Kern. As students of MGSE researchers, you’ll experience evidence-based research and training with a rigorous scientific approach.

Our Centre for Positive Psychology has a reputation as one of the best in the world, and the best in Australia. The research undertaken here feeds directly into your curriculum, bringing you a thought-leading program.

The reputation of the University of Melbourne is strong and globally recognised, particularly for education where MGSE has been ranked #1* in Australia. We are at the cutting edge of teaching and research.

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University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
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The Center for Positive Organizations is the leading global home for the science and practice of designing and sustaining thriving organizations.


Thriving. It exists on the personal level. It exists on a relational level. And it exists on an organizational level. As the world rapidly shifts, we are helping it move toward something more powerful and purposeful. A world where both organizations and their people are energized and enthusiastic, finding purpose, productivity, and passion at work.

As a pioneer of Positive Organizational Scholarship, the Center for Positive Organizations is reaching a new level as the world prepares for a new time. Housed in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, we are actively and passionately helping prepare the organizations of today, create the leaders of tomorrow, and build a sustainable future of meaning for all.

Using a depth of research and a breadth of evidence, we help organizations thrive, we help inspire individuals to realize potential, and we help build students who will influence change and create impact.

We are a Center of research. A Center of evidence. A Center of action. And a Center of humanity.

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University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, United States
Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP)
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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.


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. 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. Seligman, founder of the discipline of positive psychology, along with leading researchers and practitioners educate students at the cutting edge of the field.

Our 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 low-residency format consists of 10 required on-site visits to the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, where students and faculty gather for intensive weekends of learning and networking. Whether you are a credentialed professional seeking to transform your workplace or career or are building a foundation for further graduate study, the MAPP curriculum allows you to apply the topics most relevant to your interests and goals.

We look forward to speaking with you about the exciting opportunities at MAPP.

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University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Applied Positive Psychology Certificate
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Positive psychology, as the name implies, emphasizes human strength and happy emotions.


This focus on the positive in the course of psychological treatment ultimately allows people to thrive and lead meaningful lives. Through the Positive Psychology certificate at the University of Utah, you will learn to apply positive psychology to topics such as intimate relationships, happiness and satisfaction, traumatic experiences, addictive thinking, and career and work. Throughout the program, students will learn applied research methods that can be used to treat clients. Students can then use the skills they gain to assist them in future careers in psychology or allied fields.