B-School's New Weekend Warriors

When serious miles come between MBA programs and the students interested in them, some are choosing giant commuteseven by air

When it came to choosing a part-time MBA program, Darrin DeCosta didn't want to settle. Although he looked into programs near his home in San Francisco, he ultimately decided that the reputation and flexibility of the Weekend MBA program at top-ranked Chicago Graduate School of Business was worth the extra-long commute. Now, every Friday during the academic quarter, DeCosta hops on a 6 p.m. Southwest Airlines (LUV) flight that gets into Chicago just before midnight.

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