Hope International University was first accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) in 1969 and became a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities in 1993.

WSCUC Regional Accreditation

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.

Association for Biblical Higher Education

The Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, 407.207.0808) accredits the following programs:

Associate of Arts

Christian Ministry, Church Ministry

Bachelor of Arts

Biblical Studies, Children and Family Ministry, Christian Ministry, Church Ministry, Family Life and Counseling, Intercultural Ministry, Intercultural Studies, Next Generation Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Worship Arts, Youth and Family Ministry

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Church Music (the MCM program is being phased out)

For more information on the Graduate Ministry Program's education effectiveness click here.

California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CTC)

Hope International University’s Title II Institutional Report Card

Professional Licensure or Certification

HIU’s Teacher and Administrative Services programs are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and meets the requirements for educator certification in the state of California, where Hope International University is physically located. HIU cannot confirm whether or not specific programs meet out-of-state requirements for professional licensure or certification. Information about out-of-state requirements in credentialing is available on this website.

HIU COE Determination of Credential Curriculum state-by-state determination.

Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education

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 Board of Behavioral Sciences

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy meets the educational requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California.

International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE)

The College of Business and Management at Hope International University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. For a list of accredited programs please view our IACBE member status page.