Berkeley Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program

The Berkeley CTO program is designed for experienced participants in technology function to step into senior management roles in their career. Through a unique mixture of theory, practical teaching methods and practitioner interactions, this program delivers the hands-on experience and skills necessary to make that transition.

The program enables participants to take on a more strategic view of their organization's technology architecture and business landscape, enhance their business acumen, develop initiatives to lead the technology transformation and implement the change management towards organizational success.

About Berkeley

  • Located in Berkeley, California, the University of California, Berkeley is ranked as one of the world's top public research university
  • Berkeley's current faculty are the recipients of 8 Nobel Prizes, with 31 more held by Berkeley alumni
  • Currently, Berkeley faculty has 3 Fields Medals, 4 Pulitzer Prizes, 3 A.M. Turing Prizes, and 15 National Medals of Science
  • The university offers more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate courses in more than 300-degree programs, and it ranks among the top five Ph.D.-granting institutions in the U.S
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UC Berkeley #4 Best global universities for 2018
  • UC Berkeley is also listed at #2 on the U.S. News rankings of "2019 Top Public Schools"

Why Berkeley Executive Education?

  • Immerse yourself at the iconic Berkeley campus located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. You'll be able to study in the heart of the exciting innovation ecosystem of California's Silicon Valley - close to where many of the world's cutting-edge, data-driven startups and companies have their headquarters.
  • The program leverages five modules, three in-person and two online.
  • The in-person modules take place at the UC Berkeley campus.
  • Learn from world-renowned faculty, from the Haas School of Business and UC Berkeley
  • Experience curriculum tailored to accomplished professionals.
  • Connect with a network that will challenge and support you beyond the program

Why Should You Consider This Program?

  • Develop an agile and effective technology strategy for your organisation
  • Enhance your approach to utilise tools (Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning) to move from data to insights to strategy
  • Reinforce your strategic thinking towards enterprise technology architecture, the Cloud, data management, cybersecurity and privacy
  • Develop frameworks to understand and act upon future technology trends
  • Enhance skills to manage complex technical projects
  • Identify and implement technology solutions to fill in critical organizational gaps
  • Improve your leadership and executive presence skills to lead teams, communicate a vision and drive change management initiatives
  • Complete a Capstone strategy project that explores their own company's technology roadmap


Introduction to Program: Data, Tools, People, and Security

  • Core Principles and Trends: Data to Insights to Strategy
  • Core Principles and Trends: Business Analytics
  • Connecting IT to Business Strategy

Data and the Organization

  • Enterprise Strategy: Objectives for Data and the Organization
  • How to Leverage Data for the Organization
  • Data and R&D Investment
  • Cloud and Data Management

Data to Insights to Strategy: Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

  • IT Strategy Frameworks
  • IT Strategy Processes
  • Artificial Intelligence and Strategy Implications
  • Machine Learning and Strategy Implications
  • IoT and Strategy Implications
  • Future of Technology Trends and Strategy Implications

Leading Transformation in the Digital Age: Technology Infrastructure

  • Frameworks for Technology Transformation
  • Technology Transformation in the Digital Age
  • Implementation Methodologies for Complex Technical Projects
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Building a Digital Business Case

Leading Transformation in the Digital Age: Managing People and Change

  • Leading Enterprise-Wide Digital Change
  • Driving Change and Dynamic Execution
  • Power and Politics: Influence and Navigating Your Workplace Network
  • Communication Styles for Influence
  • Negotiations
  • Cross-Functional Influence
  • Multi-Issue &Shadow Negotiation​s

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


  • Case studies/Simulations
  • Workshops
  • High-profile panel discussions
  • Webinars by Faculty

Who Is It For

The Berkeley Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program is ideal for the people 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. Examples of the “level up” title this program will provide the skills for are:

  • Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) or Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Vice President of Information Technology, Vice President of Product Development, or Vice President of Technology
  • General Managers, Heads of Functions, Heads of Business Units, Regional Business Heads
  • Entrepreneurs

The Berkeley CTO program provides experienced participants who have already established decision-making IT role, the hands-on knowledge and experience necessary to step up in their career. The course delivers the business strategy, cutting-edge technology knowledge, leadership skills, and enterprise architecture acumen necessary for managers/leaders 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.

Date and Fees

Module Date Location
Virtual kickoff (via webinar plus work on project1) Jun 27, 2019 Online
Module 1 Aug 5 – 9, 2019 Berkeley Campus
Module 2 Aug 12 – Oct 18, 2019 Online
Module 3 Oct 21 – 25, 2019 Berkeley Campus
Module 4 Oct 28, 2019 – Jan 10, 2020 Online
Module 5 Jan 13 – 17, 2020 Berkeley Campus

Program Fees: $33,000

Exclusions: Travel Costs, Accommodation in Berkeley, Evening Meals

Application Deadline

Round Date Application
Round 1 April 29, 2019 $500
Round 2 May 27, 2019 $600
Round 3 June 17, 2019 $700

Alumni Benefits

  • Ability to join select local alumni chapters or clubs in your region
  • Lifelong access to a network of over 17,000 distinguished Berkeley-Haas Alumni
  • Invitations to Select Berkeley Executive Education networking events
  • Access to the UC Berkeley Long Business Library (onsite access)
  • Video portal, Haas insights to research highlights, industry speakers
  • 15% discount to all future Berkeley Executive Education programs
  • One-year digital subscription to the California Management Review
  • Berkeley-Haas Alumni E-newsletter
  • A Haas executive email forwarding address
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Last updated April 15, 2019
This course is Online & Campus Combined
Start Date
June 27, 2019
7 months
33,000 USD
Apr 29, 2019
Round 1: April 29, 2019 ($500). Round 2: May 27, 2019 ($600). Round 3: June 17, 2019 ($700).
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Application deadline
Apr 29, 2019
Round 1: April 29, 2019 ($500). Round 2: May 27, 2019 ($600). Round 3: June 17, 2019 ($700).
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Apr 29, 2019
Round 1: April 29, 2019 ($500). Round 2: May 27, 2019 ($600). Round 3: June 17, 2019 ($700).
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