• Our Doors are OPEN, 24/7

    IOU’s goal has always been to empower anyone, from any place or any time, to access quality undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level courses. We bring a higher education to YOU. Earn your education without ever having to leave your home!

  • Affordability for All

    IOU is committed to making education affordable for students regardless of where they live.
    Our university has progressed from absolutely free certificate and diploma level courses to
    accredited bachelor's degrees in various fields of study and a master's degree.

  • Transforming Minds

    The International Open University (IOU) provides students from all over the world with the unique opportunity to acquire a higher education. Doors that were once closed, have been swung wide open for impoverished and disenfranchised students from even the darkest corners of the globe. IOU’s team of expert educators works tirelessly to educate students and open their minds to the power of higher education. IOU offers various fields of Islamic studies and Islamized modern disciplines.

  • Seeking Knowledge

    "Making authentic Islamic knowledge readily available to the world through the Internet solely for God's pleasure is a noble life-goal and a mission well worth sacrificing all of one's energies and means for."

    -Dr. Bilal Philips, Founder and Chancellor, The International Open University

    Seeking knowledge is an obligatory deed in the Islamic faith. The IOU gives its’ students the opportunity to gain authentic Islamic knowledge with five different streams of study to choose from:


    • BAIS accredited degree with a Minor
    • BAIS accredited degree
    • IOU Higher Post Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies
    • IOU Advanced Diploma in Islamic Studies
    • IOU Advanced Diplomas in the Minors
  • Open 24/7
  • Affordability
  • Mind
  • Knowledge

Welcome to
International Open University

The International Open University (IOU) was launched by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips in 2007 as a higher education institution that offers intensive online undergraduate and graduate programs. Our university is committed to spreading beneficial knowledge that is easily affordable and will benefit not only individual students, but also empower entire communities. The IOU provides an equal opportunity for all students and makes earning a degree a real possibility even for the neediest of students. Students can benefit from the accredited BA and MA degrees in various fields of study.



Tafseer Ayat AlKursi

By: Dr. Bilal Philips
Tafseer Ayat AlKursi $ 30
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Two, Three or Four: Polygamy in Islam

By: Dr. Bilal Philips
Two, Three or Four: Polygamy in Islam $ 30
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The Healthy Muslim Blueprint

By: Sr Amina Khan
The Healthy Muslim Blueprint $ 99
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Fostering academic research, intellectual development and growth, enhancing the study experience, and enriching the minds of the students are some of the goals of the International Open University.

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Total Cost of a BA or BSc US $880 – US $2560 only

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How It Works

Comprised of students from around the globe, the student body will learn through watching and listening to video and audio lectures as well as reading PDF format texts with the support of well-trained faculty members. read more

544,198 Registered Students Globally

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