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IOU Foundation offers individualized accredited dual degree PhD programs in consortium with the Universidad Azteca and the Universidad Central de Nicaragua.

PhD Programs
  • PhD in Environmental Studies and Sustainability
  • PhD in Psychology
  • PhD in Social Science
  • PhD in Education

The individualized dual degree PhD Program with the Universidad Azteca and the Universidad Central de Nicaragua requires that the adult learner assumes a great deal of responsibility for his/her own learning process. The responsibility begins with the selection of a field of study which fits in the learner’s special interests, background, and goals.

The program makes it possible for the learner to choose any area of study that would not otherwise be available, either because it is not offered in any university, or because it is not offered at one convenient to the learner. It also allows for interdisciplinary degrees, such as combining Anthropology and Sociology, Education and Psychology, Philosophy and Religion, Political Science, and Peace Studies.

A Masters degree from an accredited institution of higher learning is required. The learner should also have the background skills appropriate for the particular degree plan.  Once graduate transcripts are received the level of education and work experience is evaluated, and advice and enrollment is then determined.

Intercultural Open University Foundation along with its international partners, Universidad Azteca and the Universidad Central de Nicaragua have strong resources and offers study programs, such as Individualized Ph.D. Programs in the fields of Education, Sociology, Psychology, Health Science, Anthropology, Religion, Literature, Philosophy, Symbolic Studies, History, Political Science, Health Science, and Economic Studies.

Some of the fields in which learners are currently pursuing degrees include Peace Studies, Human Services, Women’s Studies, Sustainable Development, and Environmental Sciences. IOU Foundation is open to well-formulated plans in almost any discipline.


Responsible Leaders

Over the years there has been a conscious effort to foster and advance leadership among the learners.

Social Conscience

Learners are actively encouraged to develop empathy and understanding towards the unprivileged society.

Time Flexibility

The liberty with course duration is to help learners in furthering their personal and professional aspirations.

Enabling Growth

Learners are encouraged to nurture their intellectual, spiritual, emotional and personal persona to evolve.


IOUF offers its learners guidance under some of the world’s best minds. All our faculties are highly qualified and very successful in their respective fields.