Hello, This thread is probably half career and half academic guidance I am seeking. So here is the trouble: I completed a Bachelor of Science in 2006 in maths in Australia at UNSW, and since then have been helping out with the family business, which is totally unrelated to math and do not wish to continue in the family business. My interest lies in mathematics and physics but I think it might be already too late to apply for some graduate positions unfortunately. So I was considering doing a Master of Science Preliminary at Monash University in Australia by distance education, since the closest uni is about 6 hour drive. The reason I was deciding to do the MSc Prelim at Monash Uni was because it combined coursework and a little bit of research in areas which sound of interest to me; astrophysics and computational maths to name a couple. They offer a Master of Science but it is 6 years part time and fully by research which doesn't sound too practical at the moment and very expensive, I'd prefer doing some coursework. They also offer some graduate certificate thing which is coursework but to me it sounds just like what I did in my undergraduate studies. Just wondering if anyone knew much about MSc prelim and would it be useful for putting on my resume and getting some maths related job since it doesn't come very cheap either at about $23000? Monash appears to be about the only Uni which offers distance education in maths. I emailed Monash asking if the MSc prelim (which I suspect it is) is just a build up for the Master of Science by research and got no response. Thanks for your time.