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AOU at a Glance

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AOU at a Glance

The American Open University (AOU) was established in 1995 and was the first University in the West to offer Islamic Studies through a distant learning system.

What We Offer

We offer World-class education in Islamic Studies & other specialized fields of study and graduate students to be experts in their fields.

Our Degree Programs are both academically rigorous and challenging which require the same investment of time and work as a traditional in-class University.


AOU faculty members are composed by highly learned men and women from across the United States and throughout the world. Our faculty members are passionate and curious individuals who continue their own research and continue advancing in their area of expertise while teaching at AOU. Each faculty member brings with them a wealth of knowledge to enrich their students at the highest level and through intense course work.


Our student body is made up from all 7 continents and from all diverse backgrounds and are mentored from top instructors in all programs.


Our graduates have become Professors, Teachers, Bankers, Imams and Advisers.


Some of our graduates have published written works and articles.

Library Collection

Our Library collection consists of Islamic reference books, specializing in, Education, Economics & Finance, Aqeedah (Islamic Decree), Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), Tafseer (The Interpretation of the meaning of the Holy Qur’an), Hadeeth (Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him), Seerah (biography of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) and Arabic language.

Thesis Collection from our graduates

AOU’s Thesis collection consists of more than 190 Masters Dissertations and more than 39 PhD Dissertations:

The University

AOU is headquartered in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

4212 King Street Alexandria, VA (USA) 22302 Tel: 703 -671-2115 Email: aba@aou.edu or eba@aou.edu

AOU Branches

EGYPT: The International Islamic Council for Da’wa and Relief Building-Block 38 piece No. 1-10th district- Nasr City, Cairo (Egypt) Website: aou-egypt.com Email: info@aou-egypt.com Tel: 23572166, 23572167 & 2357216

East Africa: Haji Pasto, Makka Al-Mukarrama Street, Waberi District, Mogadishu-Somalia. Tel: +25261-5554459/+25261-5038889/25261-986889/+2521-853734/www.aou-eastafrica.com E-mail: aou.mogadishu2015@hotmail.com/aou.eastafrica@gmail.com

NEW JERSEY (USA): The Muslim Society of Jersey Shore 1733 Lakewood Rd Toms River, New Jersey 08755 FALL SCHEDULE COMING SOON


If you live in the vicinity of one of our branches you can have a traditional classroom education at those branches.

Online Distant Learning and the Traditional Learning Environment

We offer Islamic Studies Programs in both the Arabic and English languages through distant learning techniques. Since we offer education online, students can study from anywhere in the world, from a mile away to across the globe. This enables everyone the ability to study without having to go to an actual campus. The convenience of distant learning is endless as we bring the classroom to you wherever you are 24 hours a day.

We also offer the traditional on-site campus classroom at our Branches. Therefore, if you live near one of our branches and prefer in-classroom instruction and learning you may choose that option for your education.

Degrees offered at AOU

We offer degrees in Bachelors, Masters and PhDs in Islamic Studies, Arabic language, Education and Economics & Finance. We also offer a Certificate in the Memorization and the 10 authentic methods of recitation of Al-Qur’an. We are currently working on adding more exciting specialized Degree Programs soon.

Academically Challenging Requirements

We not only offer programs equal to any top University World-wide but we have built upon and enhanced our Bachelors Program to include in-class Comprehensive exams as a requirement for Graduating with a Bachelors Degree.

These supervised Comprehensive exams consists of 5 exams in the Domains of Aqeedah, Qur’anic Sciences, Arabic Language, Fiqh and Hadeeth. Each exam takes a minimum of 5 hours to complete and students are only to bring with them their ID, pen and paper. These are graded as pass or fail.

Our Commitment

We are committed in offering our students more specialized fields of studies in order to build a wider range of Career choices in conjunction with their Islamic Studies Degree/s. We are highly invested in our students education and due to our high standards, our Professor’s knowledge & expertise in their fields and through rigorous course studies, AOU is determined in grooming & graduating our students to be the top in their field.