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.

HIU Receives WSCUC Fast Track Approval for New Online Teacher Preparation Degree

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.

Association for Biblical Higher Education

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

Graduate and Online

Bachelor of Science degree with Christian Ministry Major, Master of Arts degree (Ministry Department). For more information on the Graduate Ministry Program's education effectiveness click here.

California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CTC)

Teaching Credentials are certified by the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing.

Hope International University’s Title II Institutional Report Card

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 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. For a listing of accredited programs, click  here.