I am brand new here. So be kind! :) I have a few questions for you pros! I am in my late thirties and working as an airline pilot for a US major airline. I have a Bachelor's of science in 'Aeronautics' (non-engineering). I have always been fascinated in astrophysics and it has grown to be a major interest/hobby of mine. Now I am looking to pursue a Master's or PhD in this subject - online. My goal is to get a formal education in the subject. And I would like to do some independent research after graduation. Maybe write a blog, seek out any public speaking opportunities (however small) etc. The opportunity cost associated with quitting flying temporarily is too high for me to consider attending a conventional university. And as much as I wish to be in academia full time after graduation, I've spent too much time building a career as an aviator: and changing careers is not in my future. So here are my questions: 1. Can you guys and gals recommend any such online programs? From my research I found only 2 graduate programs. And I didn't find any PhD programs. Anyone know of any other options other than the 2 listed below? 2. These are the programs I found online: a: Master's in Astronomy from the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia b: Master's in Astrophysics from the Liverpool John Moores University in United Kingdom Out of these two, what would you recommend? Though both of the program content looks similar, one is a degree in 'Astronomy' vs. 'Astrophysics'. Does that make much of a difference when it comes to recognition? I know these are not Ivy League schools. As I don't intend to pursue a full time career in the field, I don't care much about it. However, I don't want the physics community snickering behind my back when I tell them where my graduate degree is from and what it is about! :) Any advice, guidance and suggestions will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance!