Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Program

Excel as a digital innovation leader

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Course Dates



Course Duration


11 months
Online and In Person

Course Duration


Program Overview

The Berkeley Chief Digital Officer (CDO) Program offers a comprehensive curriculum that places an emphasis on digital innovation and strategy, tools and techniques, and strategic views of how organizations can handle, manage, analyze, and interpret data while keeping in mind technology architectures and the business landscape. Participants will develop advanced digital acumen, craft future business strategies, and acquire the skills to drive necessary digital change, even through crises. They will also learn how to identify and prioritize opportunities for monetization and improve customer experience across all touchpoints.


of executives regard digital innovation and strategy as more urgent in light of the pandemic

Source: Boston Consulting Group


of executives anticipate increased investments in digital transformation

Source: Boston Consulting Group


companies successfully capture value from digital transformations without clear vision and leadership commitment

Source: Boston Consulting Group

Program Highlights

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High Touch

Live online sessions, project coaching, industry expert guest speakers

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High Tech

A theater-style virtual classroom brings the world-class Berkeley experience to you, wherever you are

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Core Curriculum

Kick-start your program journey with 21 weeks of in-depth core sessions in digital innovation, disruption, strategy, and leadership

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Choice of Electives

Select two from various topical electives to gain relevant skill sets specific to your career goals

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Real-world Application

Apply the learnings to your job immediately

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World-renowned Faculty

Learn from world-renowned faculty experts and cutting-edge researchers

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Peer Learning

Learn from high-achieving peers from around the globe and build your network

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Interactive Sessions

Take advantage of 150+ hours of live interactive learning with faculty and industry experts

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Capstone Project

Apply your learnings via a real-world project guided by an industry expert learning facilitator

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Expand Your Network

Interact with faculty, peers, and global industry leaders during a three-day, on-campus networking event

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Alumni Benefits

Earn select Berkeley Haas alumni benefits upon completion of the program


The Berkeley CDO Program delivers learning that will take your career as a changemaker to the next level. You will learn through interactive sessions by world-renowned faculty and industry experts, case studies, and group and individual exercises as well as live interactions with global leaders. Supplementing the core modules, you can choose to specialize in specific areas by selecting two electives from a range of topical modules in line with your learning and career goals.

  • Managing the Digital Innovation Ecosystem

    • Managing technological innovation in established firms
    • Navigating digital disruption
    • Driving disruption through open innovation and intrapreneurship
    • Managing alliance networks and ecosystems
    • Engaging in strategic technology outsourcing and co-creation with partners
    • Leadership and risk-taking in high-tech environments
    • Digital strategy, innovation, and organization during times of uncertainty: navigating the current pandemic and beyond

    Designing and Executing Digital Strategy

    • The four playbooks of digital strategy
    • Customer and technology choice
    • Organizational choices for digital strategy
    • Value chain strategy
    • Disruption strategy
    • Deriving value from digital intellectual property and negotiation exercise
    • Platform strategies

    Leading Organizations from the C-Suite

    • Driving change and dynamic execution
    • Executive decision-making with data: enable more rational decisions for you and your company
    • Persuasion and influence
    • Negotiation and conflict resolution
    • Executive presence: communication impact for the C-suite
    • Taking it back: program review and action plan

    Note: Topics and sessions are subject to change.

    • Intelligent Investing
    • Business Analytics for Leaders
    • AI in Business Strategies
    • Leading Complex Projects
    • Future of Technology

    Note: Elective topics are subject to change.

Capstone Strategy Project

Across the Berkeley CDO Program core modules experience, you will complete a Capstone Project. You will apply program learnings to a real-world challenge to deliver an actionable solution, while being guided by faculty through group coaching sessions and high-touch fireside chats.

At the end of the program, you will submit a presentation that covers the following:

  • Summary of the challenge and opportunity
  • Prioritization criteria, including data alignment and success metrics
  • Data inventory
  • Experimental techniques to test your hypothesis
  • Implementation strategy and next steps


UC Berkeley’s proximity to Silicon Valley’s cutting-edge disruptors will help you gain insights to help lead transformation in your organization. Attend live interactions with guest speakers and thought leaders at the forefront of innovation. Interact with professionals at some of the world’s most prominent institutions and companies, startups, labs, enterprise firms, and those changing the world through technology.

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Saikat Chaudhuri

M.E.T. Faculty Director, Grimes M.E.T. Chancellor's Chair, Innovation, Strategy & Engineering Professor

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.

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Abhishek Nagaraj

Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Management of Organizations

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).

Alumni Benefits

Earn select Berkeley Haas Alumni benefits upon completion of the program.

Networking and Events

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

Berkeley Resources

  • Access to Haas Insights — the latest research and thought leadership from Industry speakers and faculty
  • 30% discount on eligible future programs after completion of your Certificate of Excellence in Digital Strategy
  • Get an email forwarding address
  • Public access to the Long Business Library and other University database services (onsite access only)

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 the latest job postings from distinguished employers

Note: All benefits are subject to change.

Participant Profile

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 seeking to grow in their existing leadership role or step into one by building multi-functional, digital-first skill sets, driving digital innovation in organizations, and keen to engage with a diverse group of global peers.

Participants are expected to:

  • Have a digital innovation agenda
  • Be in a role that requires them to develop and drive strategy based on the latest digital developments
  • Have 10+ years of experience
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English

Application Details

Round 1


Round 2


Program fee is US$28,000 and covers teaching fees, all academic material, access to online coursework, coffee breaks, lunches, and select dinners. 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.

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Early registrations are encouraged. Seats fill up quickly!