Extremely high-brow question here: I recently built a pretty complicated/sophisticated Access-based database for my job and I think it's fair to say that my managers were more than pleased and impressed with the improvements this program brought to our department. The thing is that I have absolutely no (none, zero, zilch) experience in database design… but I was able to put it all together and make it work by using a combination of Access Training Books, YouTube Videos and of course this website (plus 6 months of grueling hard-work).
In any event… I'm now pretty sure that I have the 'bug' for database design, programming and software development… and I'd like to take it to the next level. I live very close to a major University who offers all sorts of Masters Degrees in Computer Science and Information Technology/Engendering. Of course I am also aware that a 'trade' like this has other, less formal avenues of learning opportunities (Private or Industry educators).
My question is… does anyone have any advice or guidance as to how someone like me should best approach additional education and training in this field?