I have two different questions, only related a little... A while ago, when digging around, I believe I found a online Master's where you could study anything you wanted. It was from a very small school, and I guess the instructors were willing to grade your papers on any topic. Hopefully I'm remembering right. Of course I was pleasantly surprised to find it! Has anyone heard of anything remotely like this? I'd like to enroll in a highly-flexible program where I could largely choose what I want to learn. I have a Master's and this would be mostly for fun. Obviously I could study on my own, but I like having a term paper due or multiple papers. Within some doctorate programs, it looks like students work on their dissertation almost the entire time. I'm curious about this too. Are there any doctoral programs where I could have little interaction with advisor/classmates/administration? I like to work independently and using my own structures. It seems like many doctoral programs would expect working closely with the advisor. Is that the only kind of program that exists?