The Magister Artium in Positive Psychology is a 2-year programme consisting of tuition and research components. The tuition component is offered as five on-campus sessions of five days each which are presented in the first year of study. Each contact session is followed by assignments which are completed between contact sessions. In the second year of study, the focus is on research and completion of a mini-dissertation.  As part of the research component it is compulsoryt for students to attend three days of ethics training on campus. The MA in Positive Psychology is a specialised degree in Positive Psychology and not a clinical qualification, and does not provide registration at the HPCSA.

The 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.

*The next MAPP intake will be in 2021 at the North-West University, Potchefstroom campus. Closing date for applications - 30 September 2020. 


MAPP information and application process

NWU postgraduate applications

MAPP programme specific application form


For more information about the MAPP, contact Ms Christelle Liversage or Prof Lusilda Schutte.