• IOU’s Commitment to YOU

    At IOU, no student will be left behind regardless of his or her religious, ethnic or socio-economic background. The IOU asserts that its doors will remain open for all, irrespective of the borders that exist in the real world. 

    The IOU has been dedicated to changing the lives of countless students for over a decade. It is our belief that if we can change the path of just one student at a time, he/she in turn can uplift his entire community through earning an education and setting an example for others to emulate.

  • Our Doors are OPEN, 24/7

    The 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

    The 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
    tuition free accredited bachelor's degrees in various fields of study and a maste's degree.

  • Transforming Minds

    The Islamic Online 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 Islamic Online 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
  • Commitment
  • Open 24/7
  • Affordability
  • Mind
  • Knowledge

Welcome to
Islamic Online University

The Islamic Online 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 completely tuition-free. 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 tuition-free accredited BA and MA degrees in various fields of study



Tafseer Ayat AlKursi

By: Dr. Bilal Philips
Tafseer Ayat AlKursi $ 10
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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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New Muslim Free Certificate & Diploma Course


The New Muslim Courses explain some of the most important points that the new Muslims should be conscious of on the very first day and week of their conversion to Islam

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Free Islamic Studies Diploma


The free General Diploma in Islamic Studies courses are designed to provide a systematic and organized study experience for knowledge seekers

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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 Islamic Online University.

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Total Cost of a BA or BSc
US $560 – US $1280 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

433,510 Registered Students Globally

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