University of California, Riverside

Anderson Graduate School of Management



AGSM Profile: Ting Luo (AGSM MBA ’12)


 Ting Luo

In the MBA program, you get exposed to a variety of courses in business... Here you meet people from all over the world and later you can develop business relationships and friendships that may last for a lifetime.

An international student from China, Ting Luo came to UC Riverside in 2007. She pursued a graduate degree in chemical engineering, working on renewable energy and porous materials, before transferring to the MBA program and ultimately graduating in June 2012.

She regards the two years of her MBA program as a formative time in her life.

"In the MBA program, you get exposed to a variety of courses in business," she said. "I viewed it as an opportunity to find what I truly liked... Here you meet people from all over the world and later you can develop business relationships and friendships that may last for a lifetime. I am still in contact with some classmates...and we still discuss how to make AGSM better."

She views the courses in the MBA program as having benefited her greatly. In particular, she cites a simulation class, "in which we learned how to solve problems by modeling in a spreadsheet. It saves time and provides us more advantages in our current jobs." She also cites a corporate finance class she took, "because it is very applicable in evaluating projects and making decisions in most business cases.

Now, Luo has her eyes set on a doctorate. She is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in operations management at The University of Texas at Dallas.

"A Ph.D. in business prepares you to work in academia," she said. "Personally I like this lifestyle of working in academia. My research requires the employment of mathematics to strategically improve business performance. I found it is where my interest lies and where I could make a difference."

Though the MBA program at UCR was rigorous, she said the challenges are higher in a Ph.D. program, as can be expected.

"It is different from MBA program in the content of your coursework and the goal of your study. The program requires enormous quantitative skills and a thorough understanding of the business operations, therefore you have to be fully engaged in your work."

For those looking to pursue a Ph.D., Luo has some advice.

"First, you must figure out if you truly like research or not," she said. "What you can do is try to get some suggestions from current faculty members. It is better to do some research together with your coursework and  go for a thesis toward your MBA degree, though it is not required."

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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

Graduate Programs Office
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