Hope International University Online

Founded in 1928, Hope International University is a private Christian university based in Southern California, and also has three educational centers in the state and in Washington. A number of programs are also available completely online. Given its commitment to faith, Hope’s mission is to empower students through a Christian-based higher education.

Programs Offered

Hope provides a personalized education in undergraduate and graduate studies at both its Fullerton campus and online, with more than 250 courses available via distance learning. Master’s, certificate, and credential programs for graduate students and adults are also available through several education centers. Areas of study include business administration, Christian ministry, and education. Hope also offers a “fast track” program for those students seeking both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.


Hope International University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, holding this distinction since 1969. It is also affiliated with the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Association of Christian Schools International, California Commission for Teacher Certification, Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, and the Board of Behavioral Sciences.


The application process varies by degree level. For undergraduate admissions, prospective students must fill out an online application, write a one to two-page essay, submit official high school transcripts and test scores for the SAT or ACT, and provide the contact information for two references, which must include a church leader and an educator or employer. Undergraduate applicants must also first specific academic requirements: a minimum high school GPA or 2.5, and a minimum of a 20 on the ACT or 900 on the SAT. At the graduate level, applicants must fill out an application form, submit official transcripts of all previously attended colleges or universities, have two reference forms completed, and write a statement of at least 250 words on their reasons for applying. Some programs may also require an interview.

Admissions Contact

Hope International University
2500 E. Nutwood Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92831
(866) 722-4673 (Undergraduate)/(888) 352-4673 (Graduate)

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