Hello all, Well, it's my first post here but I'm not unfamiliar to the forum having read different posts and been intrigued by maths for a while. I finally decided that, after looking at different career options while buying Spivak's Calculus and playing with numbers, I should go into math. There seems to be a gap in the road ahead from happy-go-lucky learning about maths and actually showing a school I learned them. It would seem, withholding placement tests, you have to pay the school their dues to prove you know the subject. I'm looking for a way around that. I'm graduating with an unrelated major in Dec, and I'm pretty stuck on how to get into maths at the school level. With sequences, I'll have to take Trigonometry, Calc I and then Calc II all over the course of a year. Unfortunately, I'll have to find work in a field related to my major, and be putting in countless hours in the opposite direction, building a resume I won't have any use for, not to mention a lifestyle I don't want to live. Assuming I follow this plan, it would end up taking 2 years to complete all the major coursework, plus an additional year to apply ( I don't think I can apply to a school with knowledge up to Linear Algebra and get accepted). Here's the only way I think I can get around this, please give me feedback as to it's feasibility, because I will be putting a lot of time into it before I can know the outcome: Teach myself the courses up to a reasonable level ( 6- 8 courses, starting with Calc II) over the course of Dec to July. Apply to either graduate level courses, or high level undergraduate courses in mathematics Ace these courses Apply to a low-tier Master's program in Math, state that I was self-taught and the fact that I passed advanced level mathematics courses supports this. The courses will be part of the curriculum, and if I passed those I should be able to handle the courses. Take a couple high-level undergraduate courses once I (if I) gain entrance to the Masters program, to solidify my knowledge. Use this credibility to either get a job or continue on in mathematics. Thanks guys, I value constructive criticism.