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Advance Diploma Program

This Article is related to the  Degree Campus of the Islamic Online University.

The Advance Diploma stream comes under the Open Education Program (OEP). OEP is especially characterized by the university’s aim to cater for the special needs of all students across the globe who do not have a high school diploma or any equivalent/above provable education qualification to be admitted to any undergraduate program, or meet the eligibility requirement to gain admission to the MA in Islamic Studies program (MAIS), yet wish to study and grow in their learning. The Open Education Program opens its door wide to accommodate all individuals who are enthusiastic about learning and gaining knowledge. 

Features of the Advance Diploma Program
a) The maximum duration of the  
  • 4-year BAIS/BEd/BSc Psy/BSc IBE/BSc IT/BBA-IF Advanced Diploma course is 12 years. 
  • 2-year MAIS Advanced Diploma course is 4 years.
The maximum duration implies that a student must finish the program within the aforementioned time frame.
b) Applicable fees range from 
  • $70-160 US depending on the student’s country of residence for the BAIS/BEd/BSc Psy/BSc IBE/Bsc IT/BBA Advanced Diploma.
  • $160-360 US depending on the student’s country of residence for the MAIS Advance Diploma.
c) The credits earned do not carry the equivalent of the university credits nor count toward the admission requirement of any of the accredited degree, diploma, higher diploma, or certificate program at the IOU.
d) The study materials, curriculum, and classes of the regular undergraduate and graduate programs, and of the Advance Diploma program are completely identical. While the students share the same classes, discussion forums, and recorded supplementary sessions conducted by the tutorial assistants, it is not possible to identify who is enrolled under which program. Hence, there is no discrimination between students enrolled through the mainstream programs and those of the Advance Diploma under OEP. Thus, the students of the Advance Diploma may attend classes and sit for the exams freely without any hesitation.
e) The same marking system is applicable for the IOU Advance Diploma as well.
f) The students will receive a diploma upon the successful completion of the program that will be stamped and signed by the Ministry of Higher Education of Somalia. However, it will be clearly mentioned on the certificate and the transcript that this diploma does not carry university credits.
A few frequently asked questions about the Advance Diploma program: 
What certificate will be issued by the IOU to students who successfully complete the IOU OEP? Will it be a degree?
The students will receive a diploma that will be stamped and signed by the Ministry of Higher Education of Somalia. However, it will be clearly mentioned on the certificate and the transcript that this diploma does not carry university credits. It is not a Degree Certificate. 
What is the difference between Advance Diploma and Diploma program of different departments, i.e., DED, DIBE, DPSY, DBA and DIT?
The basic difference of studying the same programs of the IOU as a mainstream Diploma student and under the Open Education Program is:
  • The credits earned in the Advance Diploma under the OEP do not carry the equivalent of the university credits nor count toward the admission requirement of any of the accredited degree, diploma, higher diploma, or certificate program at the IOU.
  • The minimum requirement for admission to the diploma programs of different departments is the same as the undergraduate degree programs, i.e., high school. Whereas, those who do not meet our minimum requirement for admission can study the entire undergraduate degree program through the Advance Diploma program. 
  • The duration of the Advance Diploma program under the OEP is 4 years; whereas, for the DED, DIBE, DPSY, DBA and DIT programs, it is two years.
  • Also, Diploma program students will be eligible to join the degree program upon completion; whereas, the Advance Diploma students will not be eligible. 
Do I need to upload any document for admission to the Advance Diploma program?
For administrative purposes, the students applying for the OEP are required to upload their scanned photo ID (passport/national ID card) and a passport-size color photo to begin their university level courses. 
Can I transfer to a degree program from the Advance Diploma program during my studies?
Credits can be transferred to the IOU undergraduate or graduate degree programs for those who meet the minimum requirement for the respective degree program. 
Will other universities accept the Advanced Diploma or the Intensive Arabic Program (IAP) certificate of the IOU OEP graduates to gain admission to any of the accredited degree/diploma/certificate programs?
The admission is subject to the discretion of the admissions office of the university a student would apply to.
Will offices/schools accept the Advanced Diploma or the IAP certificate of IOU OEP graduates to teach there?
The employment acceptance is subject to the discretion of the particular organization where an OEP graduate would apply.

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