This is what I read on the Azteca page. Looks like with a dual program you earn a Doctorate from UCN which can stand alone, no problems, plus an an interim M. Phil. or equivalent from Azteca during doctoral study. The M. Phil. equivalent is propio in itself, but fully validated by UCN. From the Azteca site: "Doctor programmes in Education, or Business Administration, or Psychology, or Environmental Science, or Health Science Available as inter-university programmes of Universidad Azteca and UCN Universidad Central de Nicaragua (fully autonomous and recognised PhD level doctorate) In this dual degree inter-university postgraduate programme the Mexican Universidad Azteca Maestría en Ciencias de la Educación is the intermediate degree earned halfway through the programme at MPhil level, and the UCN doctorate is the final official degree awarded by UCN with full recognition in Nicaragua, based on the thesis completed with UCN." Cacoleman1983, is your Azteca / UCN program one of those mentioned? Are you earning these two degrees in the process?