Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program

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Course Duration


11 months
Online and In Person

Course Duration


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 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 five electives, 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 at 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 & 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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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 2 online modules (6-8 weeks each) from a range of 5 topical electives to gain relevant skillsets 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 & digital transformation roadmap guided by facilitator-led group 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.


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 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. 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.
  • Enterprise Technology Strategy

    • Enterprise Technology Architecture
    • Connecting IT to Business Strategy
    • IT Strategy Framework
    • IT Strategy Processes
    • AI & ML: Implications to Enterprise Technology Strategy

    Leading Digital Transformation

    • Frameworks for Technology Transformation
    • Technology Transformation in the Digital Age
    • Implementation Methodologies for Complex Technical Projects
    • Building a Digital Business Case
    • IoT and Strategy Implications
    • Future of Technology Trends and Strategy Implications
    • Strategic Applications of Blockchain Technology in Existing Businesses
    • Future of Blockchain Technology

    Technology Policy, Privacy, and Security

    • Security and Privacy Concerns—Strategy Considerations
    • Technical and Policy Aspects of Security and Surveillance
    • Where Cyber Policy and Technology Interact
    • Corporate Cybersecurity
    • Risk Modeling and Social Engineering
    • Privacy, Security, and Technical Systems

    Note: Topics subject to change.

    • Business Analytics for Leaders
    • Leading Complex Projects
    • Financial Data Analysis
    • Marketing Analytics: Strategies to Optimize ROI
    • Future of Technology

    Note: Final list of electives is subject to change.

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 high-profile panel discussions with thought leaders and gain valuable insights on leading technology transformation at your organization.

Past speakers include:

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Capstone Strategy Project

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. 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
  • Participants have the opportunity to present their project outcomes during a final day showcase with faculty


Learn from the best minds in the business

At Berkeley, you’ll 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’ll 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.

Zsolt Katona

Cheryl and Christian Valentine Associate Professor, Marketing

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Thomas Lee

Research Scientist and Associate Adjunct Professor, Operations and IT Management

Sameer Shrivastava

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

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Mathijs De Vaan

Assistant Professor, Management of Organizations

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Przemyslaw Jeziorski

Associate Professor, Marketing

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Matthew Stepka

Professional Faculty, Marketing

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 COBE community

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

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 your Certificate of Excellence in Technology Strategy
  • Get an @haas.executivealumni.berkeley.edu email forwarding address
  • Public access to the Long Business Library and other university database services (onsite access only)

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 moving 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 up to 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

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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!