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Positive Psychology, Graduate Certificate

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes
Degree Dependent:   Yes

Total Credit Hours:  15
Certificate description: The Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology will contribute directly to students’ understanding of personal, professional, and institutional well-being and development. The sequence of courses provides them with the requisite awareness, knowledge, and skills to work effectively with individuals, communities, and organizations towards positive growth and development. The objectives of the certificate program are as follows:
  • Learn and understand the cornerstones, concepts, research, application and the modern era of positive psychology.
  • Increase awareness of individual and collective contributors to well-being and human strengths leading to personal, social, academic, professional, and career development.
  • Learn methods to facilitate increases in health and well-being within five measures of flourishing: positive emotionality, engagement in one’s strengths and experiences, relationship growth and development, meaning and purpose, and achievement.
  • Understand how to effectively apply positive psychology interventions that promote thriving individuals, communities and organizations.
  • Actively engage in directed personal reflections, efforts to expand awareness, and developing strategies to increase well-being measures.

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Required Application Materials

  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation: should attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work.
  • Personal statement
  • Resume/CV

For information about certificate, contact:
Patrick J. Rottinghaus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology
Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
University of Missouri—Columbia

Sandy Sites 

Phone:  (573) 882-3651
Address:  16 Hill Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211