Excel as a digital innovation leader
Online and In Person
The Berkeley Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Program offers a comprehensive curriculum delving into the tools, techniques, and frameworks that can enable and sustain digital innovation and strategy. Additionally, you will also gain a deeper understanding of analyzing and interpreting data while keeping in mind technology architectures and business objectives. Participants will develop advanced digital acumen to craft future business strategies, identify and prioritize monetization opportunities, and improve the customer experience across all touchpoints.
of senior executives consider digitalization as an organizational priority.
of executives anticipate increased investments in digital transformation.
of companies successfully capture value from digital transformation without clear vision and leadership commitment.
Note: The live online core module faculty-led sessions take place between 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. PT. There will be four faculty-led sessions during the intensive Week 1 and then a faculty-led session once a week during Weeks 5-7 of each core module. Topics and sessions are subject to change.
Note: Elective topics are subject to change
Take a deep dive into tools and frameworks for conceiving and assessing tech-driven futures and key disruptive technology trends (e.g., AI, IoE, Robotics, Quantum Computing, Cybersecurity, and Blockchain) in order to create a roadmap to implement innovation strategies.
Across the core modules, participants will apply classroom lessons to a capstone project that evolves throughout the program. You are organized in groups or can work individually on an opportunity or problem in which you are interested.
The project asks you to take the next steps in leveraging digitalization to drive your organization's business objectives. Coaching sessions will be led by an industry expert serving in a learning facilitator role and include high-touch discussions. Participants submit a presentation that covers the following:
At the end of the core modules, select projects will be highlighted during a showcase with faculty.
Berkeley’s proximity to Silicon Valley’s cutting-edge disruptors will help you gain insights to lead transformation in your organization. You will attend live interactions with guest speakers and thought leaders at the forefront of innovation. The world-renowned Berkeley faculty will provide you in-depth insights into the role of a CDO and take you through changing industry trends.
Saikat Chaudhuri is the inaugural faculty director of the Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) Program, a flagship dual-degree program in engineering and business at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds the Grimes M.E.T. Chancellor’s Chair at the University, with a joint faculty appointment in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation as well as Management of Organizations groups at the Haas School of Business, along with the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering.
Abhishek Nagaraj is an assistant professor in the Management and Organizations (MORS) group at Berkeley Haas. He earned his PhD in Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management (TIES) group. He also holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta and a B.Tech in Computer Science from the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP).
Earn select Berkeley Haas alumni benefits upon completion of the program.
Networking and Events
News and Communication
Note: All benefits are subject to change.
The Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program is a 13-month learning journey into the tools, techniques, and frameworks that can enable and sustain digital innovation and digital strategy. Additionally, you will also gain a deeper understanding of executive leadership to advance business objectives.
The Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program is ideal for senior executives and leaders who are responsible for driving digital strategies or who aspire to lead enterprise-wide digital innovation. This comprehensive CDO Program is for those aiming to grow in their existing leadership roles or step into one by building a multi-functional, digital-first skill set.
The Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program has three core modules, followed by one elective and one asynchronous online short course — the Future of Technology. The curriculum explores strategies for leading digital transformation and digital innovation. The core modules include Managing the Digital Innovation Ecosystem, Designing and Executing Digital Strategy, and Leading Organizations from the C-Suite. This highly transformative CDO Program concludes with an in-person networking and graduation event on the Berkeley campus in California.
Upon completion of the Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program, participants will be awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Digital Strategy from Berkeley Executive Education.
Applications to the Berkeley Chief Digital Officer Program can be made online and should include an updated resume or LinkedIn profile as well as professional references. The application fees vary by rounds — applying earlier will help your chances of being accepted into the program.
The Berkeley CDO Program is ideal for senior executives, leaders, and aspirants who are responsible for driving digital strategy or who aspire to lead enterprise-wide digital innovation. It is for those aiming to grow in their existing leadership roles or stepping into one by building a multi-functional, digital-first skill set. The program design is best suited for those who wish to reciprocally share insights with a diverse group of global peers aiming to drive digital innovation in their organizations.
The program fee covers all program materials. The fee does not include accommodation for in-person module, transport expenses (domestic, international, visa fee, etc), and other expenses not specifically mentioned in the fee.