Hope International University holds regional accreditation with the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The status of accreditation indicates that Hope meets WSCUC's Accreditation Standards, demonstrates Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness, and devotes itself to periodic self-evaluation and ongoing institutional improvement. WSCUC is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. The Western region covers institutions in California, Hawaii, Guam, and the Pacific Basin. The Association’s member institutions are recognized by the Department of Education, the Veteran’s Administration, and other relevant agencies in the United States. HIU’s most recent review by WSCUC took place in 2016 and the University’s accreditation was reaffirmed for eight years.
HIU’s online Teacher Preparation Degree is approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) fast track authorization. The fast track authorization allowed for a shorter approval period than the normal waiting period of one year or more. For more information, please click here.
Hope also holds the programmatic accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. ABHE is a national accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). It offers undergraduate, graduate, institutional, and programmatic accreditation for institutions committed to Christian higher education. It further indicates a demonstrated commitment to ongoing institutional development. This accreditation is applicable to the following degree programs and majors:
Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Biblical Studies, Associate Ministry, Children's Ministry, Intercultural Studies, Preaching, Youth Ministry
Bachelor of Science degree with Christian Ministry Major, Master of Arts degree (Ministry Department)
Bible courses are approved for teacher certification by the Association of Christian Schools International, of which Hope is a member.
Teaching Credentials are certified by the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing.
The Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), the national accrediting body for marriage and family therapy programs.
HIU’s Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program also has been granted accreditation by the International Accreditation Commission for Systemic Therapy Education (IACSTE).
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy meets the educational requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California.
In December of 2018, the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) granted first-time accreditation of the degree programs offered through HIU’s College of Business and Management. The College of Business & Management has demonstrated a commitment to continuous improvement, excellence in business education, and advancing academic quality in its business programs and operations.