Part Time B School Is A Full Time Grind

For two straight years, Win Billingsley arose before the sun. A vice-president at AT&T Global Information Solutions, he routinely dragged himself out of bed at 4 a.m. and cracked open a mind-numbing statistics or economics textbook for his part-time MBA studies--before leaving for work. Billingsley finally graduated from Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Ill., last year. While the knowledge he gained has served him well, earning his degree was at times an ordeal. "If you don't have the stamina, you will never get through a part-time program while working full-time," says Billingsley.

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