Bachelor of Business Administration

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) is a four year degree program (8 semesters - 6 courses per semester) which may be completed in a minimum of 3 years (6 semesters - if students take more than full course load, 9 courses per semester) and a maximum of 12 years (24 semesters). Students can take between one to six courses per semester, but the entire program has to be completed within a maximum of twelve years.
The maximum duration allowed for completing the accredited BBA program is 12 years. If a student exceeds the allotted time duration without completing the required number of courses, then s/he will need to repeat their oldest courses on case to case basis. So, in case if one enters in the 13th year of study he/she has to repeat their first and second semester courses. If one enters into his/ her 14th year, then third and fourth semester courses have to be retaken by the student, so on and so forth.

Islamic Online University is globally accredited. However, institutions may have a list of colleges and universities that they consider acceptable. So, it is recommended that you check with the institution where you might want to do further studies or seek employment. For more information about accreditation click on the given link

The Islamic Online University currently does not offer a Master’s program in Business Administration. To view the currently available master's degree programs at the Islamic Online University, please visit
The Islamic Online University is an online educational institution. The entire program is taught online via internet. Anyone from any part of the world can join easily and benefit from it, in sha Allah.
It is recommended that IOU students try to have a high speed internet connection. However, if a student does not have a high speed connection, he/she can download audio and video lectures which can be listened to or watched later.
Module tests and midterm exams can be taken at home within the prescribed time. The final exams must be taken only in an IOU approved exam center. There are several designated IOU centers present across the globe. You may look for a center near you before the exams begin and register for it. If there is no IOU approved exam center nearby, you can suggest an exam center, and we will approve it, even if you are the only student taking exams in it, Insha’Allah. Please read the exam center requirements by clicking on the link given below:
There is no fee for examinations. Students only need to pay a small semester registration fee before enrolling into the semester. This depends on the country of residence of the student. Please click here to see the fees for your country. However, students will have to pay fees directly to the exam center, if the center administrator/manager requests it (usually the centers do not ask for any fees).

The Islamic Online University is an online educational institution. The entire program is taught online via internet. Anyone from any part of the world can join easily and benefit from it, Insha Allaah.

Admission is open throughout the year. If a student is admitted and enrollment is closed, he/she will begin his/her studies the following semester.

The registration form is available here:

You will get a reply form the registrar regarding your admission confirmation and fee payment details in a few days, Insha Allaah.

Before you begin the registration process, make sure you have the required scans (a scan of your HSC or certificate and a recent color photograph) ready on your PC.

Upon the completion of the 3 registration steps, the payment of the fees included, you will receive an email with the enrollment instructions few days before the beginning of the semester during the regular enrollment period. If you have completed the registration before or after the regular enrollment period, you may enroll via the early enrollment system by visiting this link. Please note that you have only two attempts to enroll. Therefore, you should choose your courses carefully. Staff will be able to help you only if there is some genuine reason.

The Islamic Online University offers two terms each year.

Spring semester - March to July

Fall semester - September to January

The exact dates for the enrollment during the regular period, which is at the beginning of the semester, are announced on the site news before the semester begins. The early enrollment for those who want to enroll during the non-regular period can be accessed via this link.

Registration is open all year round though we advise you to register right away. You will be able to register in the current semester if the deadline has not passed. If the deadline has passed, you will be registered for the following semester and you may enroll into courses via the early enrollment system.

The deadlines of registration are broadly divided into three categories:

Early Registration Period:
: beginning of October to mid-February
Fall: beginning of April to mid-August

Regular Registration Period:
: mid-February to mid-March
Fall: mid-August to mid-September

Late Registration Period:
: mid-March to end of March
Fall: mid-September to end of September

Registered students will be sent the exact dates of each semester a couple of weeks before the semester starts.

A flat amount of late registration fee of $10 USD will be charged along with the regular semester registration fees from the continuing students if they opt to pay the semester registration fees in the late registration period. However, new students are exempted from the late registration fee

Alhamdulillaah, all the courses offered are completely free, but we charge affordable semester registration fees.

Please see here for details

Click here and select your county of residence to see the course fee

These are the only fees we charge per semester. The course is completely tuition free, and the course material is also provided free of cost. Additionally, there is an E-Library provided as a study aid for the students.

For new students: No matter when the semester is scheduled to start, once you complete the payment, you will be given access to course materials.

There is no fee charged for course materials, which consists of a PDF file. Flash videos and mp3 audios are available for online streaming as well as for download. We also provide an E-Library for students free of charge. If a student wishes to purchase hard copies of the required texts, they may do so from external sources.

No. English language certification is not a requirement to apply for the IOU degree program. However, you should be aware that English is the medium of instruction for the entire program.

The course content is explained very clearly with the help of lectures recorded by the instructors and recorded supplementary sessions conducted by the tutorial assistants. You can contact the teacher if you have any questions about course content. Although the courses are simplified as much as possible, it is preferable that you first register for a free diploma course and try to complete at least one diploma course. If you are able to understand the lectures and texts of the free diploma course, then you should be able to study in the BBA program with no difficulty in shaa Allah.

Please note that if you realize later that you are not able to understand course content and need to withdraw from the program, there will be no refund. We, therefore, request that you pay only after careful consideration.

In order to make the process easy for the students, IOU has translators available who will translate your documents (for some languages). Please check with us to see if we have a translator for the language your certificate is in. If we do not have translation services available for your language, your non-English high school transcripts and certificate must be fully translated into English and notarized by a notary. You must submit the original transcript along with the translated copy. A copy of the translated notarized copy should be uploaded during the online registration process.

To apply for the BBA program, the candidate must have at least a high school diploma. The high school diploma must be scanned and uploaded along with a recent color passport size photograph. If the diploma and photo are not uploaded, your admission will not be confirmed.

The BBA is a degree program for students who meet all the requirements mandated by the Somalian laws. The requirement to enter a bachelor’s degree program in any country is the completion of 12 years of study. To accommodate students who do not have a high school diploma but want to study in an organized Business Administration program and obtain a certificate, the IOU has the Open Education Program, which offers the same courses as the BBA program. Students from both the BBA degree program and the Open Education Program are taught in a similar manner and given the same course materials. Students can access the same supplementary sessions conducted by the same tutorial assistants. The only difference is in the certificate provided upon successful completion of the program. For more information, click here.

The semester registration fee is the same for any of these streams you may choose; whether it be mainstream study, Open Education Program or the alternative stream of Audit Courses. This is because the manner we conduct the study for all our students is the same.

To enable the students who do not wish to take exams but acquire the knowledge of business administration taught in an organized structure, we have introduced the alternative stream of audit courses. The audit courses stream provides all the above opportunities of studies to a student but they are exempted from taking tests and exams and submitting assignments. If they wish, they can take the tests and research and submit assignments, but they will not fail if they do not do so.

Audit courses stream is for those people who want to complete the BBA courses without having to prepare for exams. The duration of the semester is the same as for BBA and so is the fee structure. After the semester completes, the students are graded for auditing the courses. And at the end of their study they are given a certificate of attendance from the IOU, in sha Allah.

We do not recommend a student to take more than nine courses per semester. The maximum number of courses a full time student is allowed to take are nine. It is difficult for a student to fully understand the concepts if he/she takes more than nine courses, and we expect our students to fully grasp the content as well as implement what they study. A student should devote approximately three to four hours per course per week to understand the concepts well. This is not possible if a student takes more than nine courses. Additionally, a well-researched assignment for every course has to be submitted as part of the overall grade.

Yes you may, under the IOU Dual Program. Please check the details


Yes, you may do so. Please contact the help desk via the ‘Helpdesk Contact Form’ for further details.

No, course waiver is not applicable to Bachelor in Business Administration.

Yes, you may take courses from other IOU degree, diploma or certificate programs. This includes courses that are outside the integral part of their program.

These extra courses will appear on a student's provisional and graduate transcript with the final course mark and noted as “Additional Courses Completed”.

Yes, if the student applies for internal credit transfer, then these uncommon courses will appear on the student's provisional and graduate transcript with the final course grade and noted as “Additional Courses Completed”. However, they do not count towards the degree, diploma or certificate graduation requirement.

Please find the graduation requirements of the Bachelor’s in Business Administration Program here in this link:

Islamic Online University aims to facilitate opportunities to the students so they may excel in Business Administration field. Students who have completed their Certificate or diploma in Business Administration and wish to start a batchelor in the same field the following semester can apply for switching their stream.

Students are not required to either re-register, repeat any of the courses or to pay the credit transfer charges (but if they want, they can repeat the courses) . For further details, please contact the help desk via the ‘Helpdesk Contact Form

Yes students can apply for credit transfer for courses offered at IOU. Please read the details from here

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