Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program

Enhance your impact as a technology strategy leader

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Course Duration


12 Months
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Elevate Your Technology Leadership

As we navigate through an era of rapid technology advancements and transformative innovation, the role of technology leadership is increasingly fundamental to the growth trajectory of organizations across industries. To successfully lead in this dynamic environment, technology executives need a broad spectrum of skills, including strategic vision, adaptability, and an understanding of emerging technologies that drive competitive advantage.

The Berkeley Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program offers a robust learning journey for executives who want to lead their organization in a progressive world and leverage technology trends such as artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) for developing innovative strategies. This distinctive program combines cutting-edge theoretical frameworks with real-world case studies, complemented by insightful interactions with industry experts and a global peer group of like-minded executives. You will emerge from the program with the skills to effectively align technology management with your organizational goals.

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


of all chief executive officers (CEOs) assert that technology is key to driving product and service innovation.

Source: Deloitte and WSJ Intelligence Global Survey


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

Source: Deloitte and WSJ Intelligence Global Survey

Tailored for Your Leadership Journey

The CTO Program is designed to complement the demanding schedules of busy executives, ensuring quality learning without disrupting your commitments. Guided by an expert faculty and enriched by sessions from global industry practitioners, you can mold your learning experience in ways that most effectively bolster your career and business objectives.


The program is designed to seamlessly integrate learning with your work commitments, allowing you to complete the core modules and short courses within the specified duration.


Immerse yourself in an engaging learning experience through interaction with peers, faculty, and industry speakers.


Accelerate your growth with advanced insights for business strategies, and elevate your impact.

What You Will Learn

In this comprehensive program, you will learn how to:

  • Develop an Agile and Effective Technology Strategy: enhance your approach to utilize tools (Internet of Things, AI, and ML) to move from data to insights to strategy
  • Establish Frameworks to Understand and Act Upon Future Technology Trends: create organizational frameworks to act upon future technology trends and opportunities
  • Identify Technology Solutions to Fill in Critical Organizational Gaps: identify and implement technology solutions to manage complex technical projects
  • Improve your Leadership and Executive Presence Skills: learn how to effectively lead teams, communicate a vision, and drive change management initiatives

Program Highlights

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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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Peer learning

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

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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.

Alumni benefits

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

Who Is It For?

The CTO Program is ideal for:

  • Current or aspiring CTOs and senior executives who wish to combine technology management with business strategy
  • Technical experts, including vice presidents of engineering and software architects responsible for assessing and implementing cutting-edge technologies
  • Senior technology leaders focused on devising organizational strategies and introducing innovative solutions

Participants are required to:

  • Serve or have served in a senior-level technology executive role
  • Have 10+ years of work experience
  • Have the responsibility of building and deploying technology to serve their organizations


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 discussions with global leaders. The curriculum includes three core modules, each of which features up to two guest speaker sessions from industry experts. Additionally, you will engage in two short courses on Future of Technology and Business Analytics for Leaders. The program culminates with a capstone strategy project in which you will develop a road map for your organization’s technology strategy 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
  • Future of Technology: Understand how to harness new technologies and technology trends. Learn through both live and recorded sessions with faculty, discovering insights into frameworks for designing effective technology strategies and uncovering solutions that can transform your business. Format: Eight weeks of asynchronous online sessions and live faculty interactions

    Business Analytics for Leaders: Provides business professionals with a high-level understanding of the real-world applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). It focuses on applying analytical techniques to drive business impact, resulting in more efficiency, better decision making, and strategic advantages for organizations. Format: Eight weeks of asynchronous online sessions and live faculty interactions.

  • The Global Leadership Conference is held annually on the UC 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, live sessions with program faculty, networking opportunities, guest speaker sessions, and other activities to make this a memorable and insightful experience and program culmination.

"Navigating the multifaceted challenges that modern technology leaders face requires a strong foundation and adaptive strategies. The Berkeley CTO Program is thoughtfully tailored for enterprising technology leaders and leverages the in-depth knowledge and experience of the Berkeley environment, which will help you to effectively navigate the ever-evolving tech landscape."

— Zsolt Katona
Faculty Director of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program, Cheryl and Christian Valentine Professor, Marketing

Capstone Strategy Project

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.

Interaction with Industry Experts

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 live online discussions with thought leaders, and gain valuable insights on leading technology transformation at your organization.

Past speakers include:

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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 organizations 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 Srivastava

Ewald T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy

Alumni Benefits

Networking and events

  • The ability to join local alumni chapters or clubs in your region
  • Access to a private network of distinguished Berkeley Haas alumni
  • An invitation to the annual Berkeley Haas Alumni Conference
  • An opportunity to attend select Berkeley Haas and Berkeley Executive Education networking events

Berkeley resources

  • Access to Haas Amplified — the latest research and thought leadership from industry speakers and faculty
  • A 30% discount on the list price of eligible future programs after completion of the CTO Program and earning your Certificate of Excellence in Technology Strategy
  • An email forwarding address
  • Public visitor access to select campus libraries and university database services (Remote and onsite access is available for select services.)

News and communication

  • A one-year complimentary digital subscription to the California Management Review
  • Access to the Berkeley Haas Alumni newsletter
  • A subscription to the Berkeley Haas alumni jobs e-newsletter, with the latest job postings from distinguished employers

Note: All benefits are subject to change.

Hear from Our Participants

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"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

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"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

Certificate of Excellence

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Certificate of Excellence

Upon completion of the Berkeley CTO Program, participants are awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Technology Strategy from Berkeley Executive Education.

Note: This program results in a digital certificate of completion and is not eligible for degree credits/CEUs. After successful completion of the program, your verified digital certificate will be emailed to you in the name you used when registering for the program. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of Berkeley Executive Education.

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