Hello everyone, Forgive me if this question has been addressed elsewhere in the forum. I've searched through the topics but did not find anything similar to my question, so I appreciate if anyone has any advice that they may be able to offer. I would love to go to graduate school and get my masters in mathematics. The problem is that I do not have upper-division courses beyond a proof-based course...so no abstract algebra, topology, real analysis etc. I have graduated college but it was in a different field (long story) and am unable to go back right now because of financial/job constraints. What I'm wondering is if one self-studies advanced mathematics, such as topology or real analysis, do graduate schools care at all for that? Do any one of you know if they bother testing your knowledge of the material to assess your comprehension, or would they just bypass your application in favor of those candidates who actually have the courses on their record? Thank you to everyone who has any input!