Hope International University’s 61-unit Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) program is designed to prepare students for a career as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). "Professional clinical counseling" includes conducting assessments for the purpose of establishing counseling goals and objectives to empower individuals to deal adequately with life situations, reduce stress, experience growth, change behavior, and make well-informed, rational decisions.

This fully online program is approved by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for licensure as a LPCC in the state of California.  Courses last 8 to 16 weeks. A schedule can be developed to accommodate two to three year completion plans.

The curriculum integrates both theory and practice, grounded in Christian principles. Sound research skills, theoretical teaching, practical application, and clinical training are central to the curriculum. The faculty guides students through academic studies, clinical courses, self-assessment measures, and professional development, all of which provide a rich educational experience.  Faculty members are current practitioners who bring their professional experiences to the classroom.

In addition to academic course requirements, students are placed in community-based clinical training sites where they undergo real-world training experiences with diverse clientele. The students work with supervisors who have had specific training in mental health supervision and meet rigorous supervision standards. The MSC program at HIU accepts students from around the world and is dedicated to training students to work with diverse populations.

The program meets the educational requirements of the BBS in California, including the requirements of the Business and Professions Code, Section 4999.32 and 4999.33. Graduates may sit for their licensing examination upon completion of the necessary 3,000 supervised hours.

HIU’s on-site counseling center, Hope Counseling Center (HCC), offers counseling services for Hope students, faculty, staff, and the local community. The HCC is a convenient location for some students to gain clinical training hours.

Real World Opportunities

As part of the degree requirements, all students are required to complete at least 280 direct client hours and 50 hours of professional development. Direct client contact hours include providing therapy to individuals, children, and/or groups. Professional development hours are intended to provide the student with the opportunity to pursue areas of special interest, enhance their individual education, and network with other clinicians in the field. Professional development activities include attending BBS-approved seminars, training sessions, workshops, personal therapy, and community service. Departmental approval must be obtained for a student to Advance to Practicum and begin their clinical training. All clinical training sites and supervisors must obtain departmental approval and comply with all of the current statutes and regulations set forth by the BBS.