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As technological transformation drives changes in business models across industries, technology leaders need to shift their way of thinking. 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, 12-month learning journey covers three core modules and two asynchronous short courses (one course on Business Analytics for Leaders and another 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.
of all CEOs assert that technology is key to driving product and service innovation.
of all CEOs say the ideal technology leader must have experience in leading change and transformation.
of all CEOs see technology leaders as the key drivers of business strategy.
Note: Topics and sessions are subject to change.
Future of Technology
Learn to harness and make sense of new technologies and technology trends, frameworks to design effective technology strategies, and solutions to transform your business.
Business Analytics for Leaders
The topic provides business professionals with a high-level understanding of the real-world applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The topic focuses on applying analytics techniques to drive business impact, resulting in more efficiency, better decision making, and strategic advantages for organizations.
The Global Leadership Conference 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 networking conference and graduation event gives 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.
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.
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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:
At the end of the core modules, select projects will be highlighted during a showcase with faculty.
The greatest benefit is the network of executives that you meet and interact with throughout the program journey. Everyone enrolled is a professional who brings lots of experience to the table.
— Daniel Bennett, Associate Chief Technology Officer
An important value proposition of the Berkeley CTO Program is that you meet like-minded people who are on the same journey as you. So, networking is the biggest aspect of the program. You also learn from industry leaders. You get the help and guidance to build your vision as a CTO in your organization.
— Darshana Navagare, Co-Founder and CTO, Kyro Digital Corp.
Professor Zsolt Katona is brilliant. He has great know-how, inspiring energy, and superb teaching skills. The module on digital transformation was most beneficial for me.
— René Raeber, Country Engineering Lead (U.K.)
As CTOs, you have to be aware of all aspects of technology that can impact business. And I don't think there is any program that gives a complete curriculum of the required skill set as the Berkeley CTO Program does.
— Manjula Mahajan, Head of IT, Model N
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.
Cheryl and Christian Valentine Professor, Marketing
Research Scientist and Associate Adjunct Professor, Operations and IT Management
Ewald T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy
Networking and Events
News and Communication
Note: All benefits subject to change.
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.