Chief Technology Officer

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Chief Technology Officer

Enhance your impact as a technology strategy leader


The Chief Technology Officer program is designed for experienced participants in a technology function to step into senior management roles in their career. Through a unique mixture of theory, practical teaching methods, and practitioner interactions, this program delivers the hands-on experience and skills necessary to make that transition.

The program enables participants to take on a more strategic view of their organization's technology architecture and business landscape, enhance their business acumen, develop initiatives to lead the technology transformation, and implement the change management towards organizational success. The CTO program provides experienced participants who have already established a decision-making IT role, the hands-on knowledge, and experience necessary to step up in their career.

Develop an Agile and Effective Technology Strategy

Enhance your approach to utilize tools (Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning) to move from data to insights to strategy

Establish Frameworks to Understand and Act Upon Future Technology Trends

Create organizational frameworks to act upon future technology trends and opportunities

Identify Technology Solutions to Fill in Critical Organizational Gaps

Identify and implement technology solutions to manage complex technical projects

Improve your Leadership and Executive Presence Skills

Learn how to effectively lead teams, communicate a vision, and drive change management initiatives

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Features, Dates, & Cost



  • World-renowned Berkeley Haas and Executive Education Faculty 
  • Video lectures from Berkeley Haas faculty
  • Live, interactive webinars (also available as recordings)
  • Peer discussions and exercises
  • Case Studies
  • Capstone Project

Alumni Benefits

Networking and Events 

  • Ability to join local alumni chapters or clubs in your region
  • Access to a private network of distinguished Berkeley Haas alumni
  • Invitation to the annual Berkeley Haas Alumni Conference
  • Opportunity to attend select Berkeley Haas and Berkeley Executive Education networking events 

Berkeley Resources

  • Access to Haas Amplified – Latest research and thought leadership from Industry speakers and faculty 
  • 30% discount on eligible future programs after completion of your Certificate of Excellence in Technology Strategy
  • Get an email forwarding address
  • Public visitor access to select campus libraries and university database services. (Remote and onsite access available for select services).

News and Communication 

  • One-year complimentary digital subscription to the California Management Review 
  • Berkeley Haas Alumni newsletter 
  • Subscribe to the Berkeley Haas Alumni Jobs e-Newsletter with latest job postings from distinguished employers 


*All benefits subject to change

Program Dates & Cost

Jan 8, 2024 - Jun 30, 2025

Orientation: week of January 1-12, 2024
Module 1: January 17 - February 14, 2024
Module 2: February 28 - April 24, 2024
Module 3: May 8 - June 18, 2024
Module 4: January 11 - June 4, 2025 (final dates to be confirmed)
Module 5: CTO Conference - June 2025 (dates to be confirmed)

Application Deadlines

Early application benefits available

Who It's For

The Berkeley Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program is ideal for the people in functional, technology solution-focused IT roles who are looking to advance their career - with the goal of moving on and moving up into a company-wide leadership role. Examples of the “level up” title this program will provide the skills for are:

  • Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), or Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Vice President of Information Technology, Vice President of Product Development, or Vice President of Technology
  • General Managers
  • Heads of Function
  • Heads of Business Units
  • Regional Business Heads
  • Entrepreneurs

Requirements & Partner


  • Serve or have served in a senior-level technology executive role
  • Have 10+ years of experience
  • Have the responsibility of building and deploying technology to serve their enterprises.

Program Partners


The Berkeley CTO program delivers learning that will take your technology career to the next level. You will learn through lectures by faculty experts and specialists, case studies, group and individual exercises, and panel discussions with global leaders. The curriculum includes three core modules. Additionally, you will attend two asynchronous short programs, Business Analytics for Leaders and the Future of Technology. The program culminates with a Capstone Strategy Project in which you will develop a roadmap for your organization’s technology strategy—either individually or as part of a team.

  • Digital Transformation: Data to Insights to Strategy 
  • Data Science Pipeline: Core Principles for Exploiting Data 
  • Agency: Innovating for Artificial Intelligence (AI) 
  • Enabling Technologies with Data
  • Robotics
  • Machine Learning, Neural Networks, and Applications 
  • Creating Value 
  • Jobs-to-be-Done
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Innovation Portfolio Management 
  • Agile Mindset 
  • Leading Enterprise-Wide Digital Change 
  • Leading Digital Strategy: Organizational Change (Simulation) 
  • Leading Digital Strategy: Social Networks
  • Leaderless Group Exercise 
  • Influence and Conflict: Persuasion Principles 
  • Digital Strategy: Embedding Cultural Change 
  • Future of Work: People and Cultural Analytics 
  • Leading Digital Change: Decision Making in Teams
  • Leading Digital Change: Negotiating in Teams
  • Enterprise Agile: Product Architecture and Organizational Alignment 
  • Product Architecture - Startup Partners 
  • CTO/CFO 
  • Go to Market
  • Capturing Value 
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Humans and AI 
  • Algorithmic Bias 
  • Privacy and Business Strategy 
  • Measurement Experimentation 
  • Cybersecurity

The topic provides business professionals with a high-level understanding of the real-world applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), two of the primary engines that fuel business analytics. This program focuses on applying analytics techniques to drive business impact, resulting in more efficiency, better decision making, and strategic advantages for organizations. No coding or advanced analytics experience is required. 

Using hands-on activities, live sessions, as well as real-world case studies of companies, you will explore the three pillars of business analytics: descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Further, you will discover how data-driven decisions enable stronger business cases and greater agility.

Over eight weeks of asynchronous online sessions, you will: 

  • Gain competitive advantages by capturing data-enabled business opportunities
  • Create data-based decision-making models across your organization
  • Leverage data and experimentation to drive innovation
  • Better evaluate business analytics approaches and strategies 
  • Develop a virtuous cycle built on user engagement, data collection, algorithm design, prediction, and improvement
  • Drive business decisions through practical application of an AI-centric operating model

The eight-week Future of Technology short program provides a framework for assessing key disruptive technology trends and creating a roadmap to implement strategies. It has been designed to examine specific aspects of emerging tech, such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, robotics, quantum computing, cybersecurity, and blockchain, while offering tools and frameworks for conceiving and assessing technology-driven futures.

This short program features weekly faculty videos, real-world case studies and assignments, interaction with a learning facilitator, and four live sessions with faculty via Zoom. It will give you insights on how to leverage disruptive technology to drive innovation strategies and gain a competitive advantage.

Over eight weeks of asynchronous online sessions, you will:

  • Explore trends, insights, and implications of key disruptive technologies 
  • Apply tools and frameworks to evaluate opportunities in technology 
  • Build resilience in your organization amid technology disruption 
  • Drive innovation strategy using data-driven insights
  • Create a technology portfolio that can evaluate your company's leadership position

Across the CTO program experience, participants will complete a Capstone Strategy Project (small groups). The project asks participants to take the next steps in their organization’s technology strategy. Group coaching sessions will be led by an industry expert serving in a learning facilitator role and include high-touch discussions, office hours, and review sessions. Participants submit a presentation that covers the following:

  • Summarize the opportunity
  • List the prioritization criteria for the opportunity. Include, data alignment, cultural alignment, and success metrics
  • Submit data inventory
  • Use experimental techniques to test your technology strategy
  • Assess the strategy implementation and propose next steps
  • Present your project outcomes

The graduation and networking event is held annually on the Berkeley campus in the spring/summer time frame (before the end of June) to bring participants from multiple cohorts of the CTO Program together. The purpose of the networking conference and graduation event is to give you the opportunity to interact with peers from your cohort, participants from other cohorts, faculty, and industry leaders. The three-day event will include an immersion into the Berkeley ecosystem, networking opportunities, guest speaker sessions, and other activities to make this a memorable, insightful, and meaningful program culmination experience.   

Interaction with Industry Experts

UC Berkeley’s location takes full advantage of its proximity to Silicon Valley’s cutting-edge innovators and industry disruptors. Through guest lectures and real-world examples, learn from leading experts who work at the intersection of technology, innovation, and business. Attend discussions with thought leaders, and gain valuable insights on leading technology transformation at your organization.

Certificate of Excellence in Technology Strategy

Completion of this program awards a Certificate of Excellence in Technology Strategy.


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