Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program

Enhance your impact as a technology strategy leader

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Course Dates


January 26, 2022

Course Duration


11 months
Online and In Person

Course Duration


US$29,000 US$400 application fee

Early Registration Benefit


We are offering an early registration benefit on the program fee exclusively for participants who apply by December 16, 2021.
The final fee will be US$27,000.

Program Overview

Technology is rapidly transforming business models across industries, and this transition is further accelerated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tomorrow’s technology leaders will need a new way of thinking — not just in these unprecedented times but beyond as well. The Berkeley Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program is designed for professionals with experience in the technology function who want to step into senior management roles. It offers a unique blend of theory, practical applications, and interactions with industry experts to deliver the hands-on experience and skills necessary to make that transition.

The comprehensive curriculum will enable you to take on a more strategic view of your organization’s technology architecture and business landscape and develop initiatives to lead technology transformation towards organizational success. The program’s immersive, 11-month* learning journey covers three core modules and two asynchronous short-courses (one elective and one course on Future of Technology). The core modules are delivered primarily through The Forum — Berkeley's state-of-the-art virtual platform that simulates an interactive classroom environment allowing you to engage in real-time with your faculty and classmates. This highly transformative learning journey concludes with an in-person networking and graduation event on the UC Berkeley campus when safety and travel guidelines allow.

Upon completing the program, you will receive a Certificate of Excellence in Technology Strategy and earn select Berkeley Haas Alumni benefits.

*Please note that there will be a multi-month break for the January cohort during the module 4 experience. Module 4 entails one short-course asynchronous elective you will choose to engage based on a few timeframes between July and March. It also entails one required asynchronous short course, which will take place between March and May, leading up to the on-campus module 5 event.


of all CEOs assert that technology is key to driving product & service innovation.

Source: 2020 Deloitte and WSJ Intelligence Global Survey


of all CEOs say the ideal technology leader must have experience in leading change and transformation.

Source: 2020 Deloitte and WSJ Intelligence Global Survey


of all CEOs see technology leaders as the key drivers of business strategy.

Source: 2020 Deloitte and WSJ Intelligence Global Survey

Program Highlights

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Core Curriculum

Kickstart your program journey with 21 weeks of in-depth core sessions in technology strategy and digital transformation.

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The Forum

Theater-style virtual classroom brings the world-class Berkeley experience to you, wherever you are.

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World-Renowned Faculty

Learn from subject matter experts and technology leaders.

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Choice of Electives

Select one online experience (six to eight weeks) from a range of topical electives and another short-course, Future of Technology, to gain relevant skill sets specific to your learning and career goals.

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Peer Learning

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

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Strategy Project

Develop a technology and digital transformation road map guided by facilitator-led coaching sessions.

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Learn Implementation Methodologies

Reduce the complexity involved in large projects by restructuring development and management procedures.

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Alumni Benefits

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

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Interactive Sessions

Take advantage of over 150+ hours of live interactive learning with faculty, industry experts, and an accomplished peer group.


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. Each of the three core modules will also feature up to two guest speaker sessions from industry experts. Additionally, you can choose to specialize in specific areas by selecting one elective from a range of topical modules and a short course on Future of Technology, in line with your learning and career goals. The program culminates with a capstone strategy project in which you will develop a road map for your organization’s technology strategy — either individually or as part of a team.
  • Enterprise Technology Strategy

    • 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 Digital Transformation: Management of Organizations

    • 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

    Digital Operations, Measurement and Policy, Privacy, and Security: CTO and the C-Suite

    • Enterprise Agile: Product Architecture and Organizational Alignment
    • Product Architecture — Startup Partners
    • CTO/CFO
    • CTO/CVC
    • Go to Market
    • Capturing Value
    • Measurement Experimentation
    • Marketing Analytics
    • Humans and AI
    • Algorithmic Bias
    • Privacy and Business Strategy
    • Cybersecurity

    Note: Topics and sessions are subject to change.

    • Business Analytics for Leaders
    • Leading Complex Projects
    • Marketing Analytics
    • Intelligent Investing for Everyone

    Note: Elective topics are subject to change.

  • Learn to harness and make sense of new technologies and technology trends, frameworks to design effective technology strategies, and solutions to transform your business.

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.

Past speakers include:

Capstone Strategy Project

Across the CTO Program experience, participants will complete a capstone strategy project. 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. Participants submit a presentation that covers the following:

  • Summarize the opportunity
  • List 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 during a showcase with faculty

At the end of the core modules, select projects will be highlighted during a showcase with faculty.


Learn from the best minds in the business

At Berkeley, you will learn from the best and the brightest in the industry. The faculty consists of renowned experts and leaders who have led the development of groundbreaking technology strategies at some of the world’s most prominent institutions. Additionally, you will be able to hear influential guest speakers from the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem — including startups, labs, enterprise firms, and companies that are changing the way the business world makes use of technology.

Faculty Member Zsolt Katona

Zsolt Katona

Cheryl and Christian Valentine Professor, Marketing

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Thomas Lee

Research Scientist and Associate Adjunct Professor, Operations and IT Management

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Sameer Shrivastava

Associate Professor and Harold Furst Chair in Management Philosophy and Values; Co-Director, Computational Culture Lab

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 opened to the College of Business and Economics community

Berkeley Resources

  • Access to Haas Insights — Latest research and thought leadership from industry speakers and faculty
  • 30% discount on eligible future programs after completion of the Chief Technology Officer Program and earning your Certificate of Excellence in Technology 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
  • Subscription to the Berkeley Haas alumni jobs e-newsletter with latest job postings from distinguished employers

Note: All benefits subject to change.

Participant Profile

The Berkeley CTO Program is ideal for professionals in functional, technology solution-focused IT roles who are looking to advance their career— with the goal of moving on and up into a company-wide leadership role.

If you are seeking a program that grows your career, builds future technical skills, sharpens your transformation skills, and allows you to engage with a diverse group of global peers, this is the program for you.

The program provides experienced participants who are already in established decision-making IT roles with the hands-on knowledge and experience necessary to step up in their careers. The program delivers business strategy, cutting-edge technology knowledge, leadership skills, and enterprise architecture acumen necessary for professionals to move into a senior management role.


  • 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

Application Details

Round 1


Round 2

The second application deadline is
December 16, 2021,
and the fee to apply is

Program fee is US$29,000 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!