Islamic Online University

Introduction

About Us

Founder and Chancellor: Dr. Bilal Philips

Student body: 284,877

The Islamic Online University (IOU) is the brainchild of Dr. Bilal Philips, who envisioned an institution that would offer online, intensive, undergraduate and graduate programs completely tuition-free.

Mission

"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, Islamic Online University).

The Islamic Online University (IOU) aims to grant global access to quality undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level education programs for students at virtually no cost. Its mission is to “Change the Muslim nation and the world situation through appropriate education.”

The principles upon which the IOU is based are:

Knowledge: Qur’an and Sunnah

God said, “Indeed it is only the knowledgeable among His servants who truly fear Allah.” (35:28)

The Last Prophet peace and blessings of Allah be upon him said, “Seeking knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim.”

Accessibility

The Islamic Online University provides a golden opportunity to access quality undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level courses, wherever people may be and whenever they wish, without having to travel overseas or even leave the confines of their homes. Its goal is to enable education to anyone, from any place, at any time.

The Last Prophet said, “If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads to Paradise.”

Affordability

The IOU demonstrates its continuous commitment to the spreading of the beneficial knowledge by progressing from an absolutely free certificate and diploma level courses to a tuition free accredited bachelor's degrees in various fields of study and master's degree. Thereby, making the higher education easily affordable worldwide for the benefit of the individuals, their communities and humanity in general. The free tuition for all students provides equal access to an education that few could afford if they were to attend the traditional institutions of higher learning around the world.

God said, “Say: Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” (39:9)

Community

No student will be prevented from studying at the Islamic Online University regardless of his or her religious, ethnic or social background. The IOU affirms that its doors will remain open for all, irrespective of the borders existing in the real world. It has already spawned a global community of over 180,000 students who seek Islamic knowledge from over 224 countries.

God said, “Cooperate with each other in righteousness and piety... ” (5:2)

Islamic Ethics

It is the fundamental belief of the Islamic Online University that the Muslim teacher is essentially different from a teacher who merely happens to be a Muslim. Likewise, the Muslim student should be distinctly different from a student who so happens to be a Muslim. The IOU expects all its students, faculty, staff, administrators and volunteers to function in their respective positions and fields first and foremost as Muslims. Doing so will naturally entail maintaining the highest standards of personal integrity, honesty and responsibility.

The Last Prophet said, “Indeed, Allah loves from each of you that whenever he or she does work that is done according to the best of his or her ability.”

Quality and Application

The Islamic Online University is committed to provide a top quality online academic experience, suitable in its scope and depth, to convey the authentic and practical Islamic knowledge, while at the same time enabling its students to face the contemporary challenges of the 21st century by offering other fields of study such as psychology, education or finance. IOU will assess and re-evaluate every aspect of its academic model on an ongoing basis and will not only encourage its students to study diligently, but also emphasize that they must strive their utmost to put the knowledge gained into practice.

The Last Prophet said, “The best of you is one who learns the Qur'an and teaches it to others.”

He also said, “The best of you is the one most beneficial to people.”

The Last Prophet's disciple, Ibn Mas'ood, said, “We used to learn knowledge and its application together.”

Imam Sufyaan ath-Thawree related that as a youth, when he first began to attend classes, his mother advised him, “If you write down 10 words and your faith hasn't improved, check yourself.”

History

The Islamic Online University (IOU) is the brainchild of Dr. Bilal Philips, who envisioned a higher-learning institution that offers intensive online undergraduate and graduate programs that are completely tuition-free.

IOU’s journey began in 2007 with the launch of tuition-free online diploma courses in its open campus. In 2010, after just 3 years, the first tuition-free Bachelor of Arts (BA) program was also launched. The University now has seven colleges offering accredited online degree programs: College of Education, College of Islamic Economics, College of Banking & Finance, College of Psychology, College of Islamic Studies, College of Business Administration, College of Information Technology, and the College of Arabic Language and Linguistics. The latter of which offers offline courses in the Gambia, Somaliland and Guinea Bissau.In addition, IOU’s The Global Qur’an Memorization Center offers a unique opportunity for students across the globe to study the Qur’an online.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Russian
  • Arabic

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Programs

This school also offers:

BBA

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

Online Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Gambia Banjul + 1 more

The Bachelor of Business Administration program is a 4-year program that opens door to the exciting field of the business administration. [+]

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) The Bachelor of Business Administration program is a 4-year program that opens door to the exciting field of the business administration. The emphasis is put on the development of the students’ communication skills and business decision-making capability with ethical reasoning. Students who complete this program will learn to work independently with a high standard of competency in the business environment. This degree offers abundant lucrative career opportunities in a wide range of industries; opting for this mode of study has become a very popular trend among Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said: “Indeed the merchants will be resurrected on the Day of judgement with the wicked, except the one who has taqwa of Allah, who behaves charitably and is truthful.” (Hasan, Jami` at-Tirmidhi 3/12/1210) Typically, the business administration programs are designed to provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the basic functional areas of business and their interconnection, while also allowing for specialization in a particular area. However, this subject is often taught completely from a secular perspective. Hence, students remain unaware of the rich legacy of the Islamic principles in the fields of accounting, management, finance, entrepreneurship and leadership. The Islamic Online University offers a rare opportunity of studying all the core business disciplines such as accounting, finance, human resource management, strategic management, organizational behavior, business ethics, business law and marketing in an Islamic framework. It provides a combination of erudite Islamic wisdom and contemporary... [-]

BSc

B.Sc. in Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance

Online Full time Part time 4 - 12 years September 2017 Gambia Banjul + 1 more

The Islamic Online University presents the world’s first tuition-free Bachelor’s Degree program in Islamic Banking and Economics. [+]

B.Sc. in Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance (B.Sc. IBE) The Islamic Online University presents the world’s first tuition-free Bachelor’s Degree program in Islamic Banking and Economics. This degree opens the door to a possible career in an exciting, expanding and beneficial field, and is a stepping stone for further studies. “Allah has permitted trade and has forbidden interest.” (Qur’an, 2:275) In today’s world flooded with interest based transactions, unlawful bank contracts and investments the need for Islamic banking is increasing. Many countries have recently seen a rise in demand for Islamic banking services. Analysts expect that at the current rate of expansion, in the next 8 to 10 years the Islamic banking network in the UAE will overtake the conventional banking system. Job opportunities within the Islamic banking field are also on the rise. According to a study by A.T. Kearney, one of the world’s largest management consulting firms, “up to 30,000 new Islamic banking jobs will be required in the Gulf States within the next decade.” While the Middle East still offers growth opportunities there is big potential for growth in countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, and countries from North Africa and Central Asia which have a substantial Muslim population. [-]

B.Sc. in Psychology

Online Full time Part time 3 - 12 years September 2017 Gambia Banjul + 1 more

Helping others is very much encouraged in Islam and the work of therapist or counsellor is very beneficial to the whole society. [+]

B.Sc. in Psychology (BSc.PSY) Helping others is very much encouraged in Islam and the work of therapist or counsellor is very beneficial to the whole society. “…and he who relieved a Muslim from hardship Allah would relieve him from the hardships to which he would be put on the Day of Resurrection…” (Sahih Muslim, 32/6250) In order for the therapist or counsellor to be successful with Muslim clients, it is crucial that he has an authentic knowledge and understanding of Islamic teachings, because this is what he will further pass on to the client in order to modify his way of thinking and help him out of difficult situation. IOU’s BSc in Psychology is a wonderful combination of Islamic teachings and contemporary therapies that will make a student one day a very effective therapist. In sha Allah. “Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer - We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.” (Qur’an, 16:97) [-]

Bachelor's

Bachelor in Education

Online Full time Part time 4 - 12  September 2017 Gambia Banjul + 1 more

Bachelor’s degree in Education from Islamic Online University will be beneficial to the students in this life and in afterlife. [+]

Bachelor in Education (B.Ed.) “The best of people are those who are most beneficial to people.” (Al-Mu᾿jam Al-Awsat hadeeth, 5787) Being a teacher is very honorable and outstanding position. It is a position that may have a great impact on person’s future. Islam has paid considerable attention to teachers since they are the first brick in the structure of social development. They are the cause of guiding and developing behaviors and minds of individuals and communities. They are among the most beneficial people in the society and thus among the best of people. Consequently, it is important that teacher will follow true Islamic teachings and understand them correctly. In general, a person who wants to understand and act upon his religion while being an educator needs to do two separate studies; in education and in Islamic studies. Islamic Online University offers a magnificent opportunity to gain knowledge in education while being taught true Islamic teachings. Bachelor’s degree in Education from Islamic Online University will be beneficial to the students in this life and in afterlife. [-]

MA

MA in Islamic Studies

Online Full time Part time 2 - 6 years September 2017 Gambia Banjul + 1 more

The Islamic Online University (IOU) has launched the world’s first tuition-free Master’s degree in Islamic Studies program, which is offered completely online and in English as a medium of instruction. [+]

MA in Islamic Studies (MAIS) The Islamic Online University (IOU) has launched the world’s first tuition-free Master’s degree in Islamic Studies program, which is offered completely online and in English as a medium of instruction. This is an excellent opportunity for the BA students to continue, further, and enhance their understanding and knowledge of the religion. This graduate program consists of 18 courses, three semesters of six subjects each, and the master’s thesis in the fourth semester. The regular duration of the program is two years. Nevertheless, students may complete it within one and half years minimum. One can take a maximum of six years to complete the program. In general, higher education will enable students to expand their knowledge and skills, and be more effective and eloquent in speech and writing. For those who wish to enter the working field, higher education is a great asset in acquiring valuable and respected positions. To be specific, higher education in Islamic studies will provide the opportunity to earn beneficial knowledge that will enable one—by the will and mercy of Allah—to perfect their religion, and obtain the pleasure of Allah by seeking and spreading knowledge of His religion. It is, in fact, one of the ways to gain sadaqa jariya (continuous rewards). It is evident that the more one knows, the more one can share. And the more one shares, the more one can gain which enables to reach higher levels of paradise. The knowledgeable and the ignorant is never the same... [-]

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Dr. Bilal Philips, founder of IOU, shares his story on finding Islam