Berkeley Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program

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 in their career. 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 program’s 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 the technology transformation towards organizational success. The program’s immersive learning journey covers five modules—three in-person and two online—with the in-person modules delivered at the UC Berkeley campus.

Key Benefits

  • Develop an agile and effective technology strategy for your organization
  • Discover artificial intelligence (AI) and its strategy implications
  • Learn implementation methodologies for complex technical projects
  • Develop frameworks to understand and act upon future technology trends
  • Develop skills to be an effective change maker
  • Immerse in the world’s most exciting technology region
  • Elite network of accomplished participants and alumni from around the world

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We are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, the health, safety and well-being of the entire community is of paramount importance to us. We are committed to providing you with the most current information available about the program. Our aim is to ensure the academic integrity and learning experience of the program that you are applying for.

Participant Profiles

The Berkeley CTO Program is ideal for technology professionals across sectors and functions such as IT Services, BFSI, Consulting, Product Development, etc., who have taken up a CTO role or aspire to be in a Technology leadership role.

If you are seeking a program that grows your career, builds future technical skills, sharpens your transformation execution specialist experience, 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 the business strategy, cutting-edge technology knowledge, leadership skills, and enterprise architecture acumen necessary for you to move up to senior management role.

  • Possess 10+ years of experience
  • Have served or aspiring to be in senior-level technology leadership role
  • Responsible for building, deploying, marketing or selling Enterprise Technology Solutions
  • Industries

  • Experience and Organisations

    Experience and Organisations
  • Countries


Program Curriculum

  • Enterprise Technology Strategy

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

    • Core Principles and Trends: Data to Insights to Strategy
    • 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 Science for Leaders*

    • Probabilistic Decision Making
    • Creating Sample Data & Testing Hypothesis
    • Extrapolating Information from Sample Data
    • Basic & Advanced Regression Models
    • Forecasting Machine Learning
    • Building Effective Data Science Teams
  • Leading Digital Transformation - IoT, Blockchain, & Tech Infrastructure

    • 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
  • Leading Organizational Change

    • Leading Enterprise-wide Digital Transformation
    • Driving Change and Dynamic Execution
    • Power and Politics: Influencing and Navigating Your Workplace Network
    • Communication Styles for Influence
    • Negotiations
    • Cross-functional Influence
Note: Topics and sessions are subject to change.


  • Zsolt Katona

    Zsolt Katona

    Cheryl and Christian Valentine Associate Professor, Marketing

  • Przemyslaw Jeziorski

    Przemyslaw Jeziorski

    Associate Professor

  • Tom Lee

    Tom Lee

    Research Scientist and Associate Adjunct Professor, Operations and IT Management

  • Panos N. Patatoukas

    Panos N. Patatoukas

    Associate Professor, The L.H. Penney Chair in Accounting, Distinguished Teaching Fellow

  • Sameer Srivastava

    Sameer Srivastava

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

  • Matthew Stepka

    Matthew Stepka

    Visiting Scholar/Executive in Residence, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

  • Mathijs De Vaan

    Mathijs De Vaan

    Assistant Professor


Dates & Fees

Dates Length Location Tuition Fees
Aug 31, 2020 Kick-off webinar followed by monthly live sessions USD $33,000
Sep–Oct 2020 Online*
Nov 2020–Jan 2021 Online*
Jan 11–15, 2021 5 Days In person/Berkeley Campus
Jan 18–22, 2021 5 Days In person/Berkeley Campus
Jan 25–Feb 19, 2021 Online
Feb 21–Mar 19, 2021 Online
Mar 22–26, 2021 5 Days In person/Berkeley Campus
Deadline Application Fees
Round 1 Jan 14, 2020 USD $300
Round 2 Feb 11, 2020 USD $400
Round 3 Mar 10, 2020 USD $500
Round 4 Sep 15, 2020 USD $600


  • 1) Inclusions: Program Materials, Coffee Breaks, Lunches, and Select Dinners
  • 2) Exclusions: Travel Costs, Accomodations and Visa Fees


What is Berkeley CTO Program?

The Berkeley CTO 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 technology transformation, and implement change management towards organizational success. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive Alumni benefits of Berkeley-Haas.

Who should attend the Berkeley CTO Program?

The Berkeley CTO Program is ideal for those with a minimum of 10 years’ work experience in functional, technology solution-focused IT roles keen to advance their career—with the goal of moving up into a company-wide leadership role.

How is the program structured?

The CTO program has a total of three on-campus modules at Berkeley and two online modules with over 200+ hours of learning. The curriculum covers Enterprise Technology Strategy, Data and the Organization, Leading Digital Transformation (IoT, Blockchain, & Tech Infrastructure), Data Science for Leaders, Technology Policy and Leading Organizational Change. The participants will work on a Capstone Strategy Project.

Will I receive a certification after completing this program?

Upon completion of the Berkeley Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program, participants will be awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence in Technology Strategy’ from UC Berkeley Executive Education

How can I apply for this program?

Applications to the Berkeley CTO program can be made online and should include an updated resume/ LinkedIn profile as well as professional references. The application fees vary by rounds—applying earlier help your chances of being accepted into the program.