Carnegie Mellon University

Chief Digital Officer Certificate Program

As the world becomes increasingly digitized and interconnected, there’s more reason than ever to develop yourself as a digital leader.

You’ve seen it at your own company. Everything is changing. Digitization is not slowing down and data is increasingly being used for strategic decision making across departments. Analytics and technology are becoming more important, not only in meeting the demands of your organization, but in staying agile and responsive to your customers and constituents. Carnegie Mellon's Chief Digital Officer Certificate Program provides you with the tools you need for next generation leadership in any sector. 

There’s a lot to know. From privacy and security breaches to ethics and cultural issues, there’s a lot of complexity involved in the management of digital teams, assets, communications, products, and services. Where digital transformation goes, huge benefits can follow, as can major risks.

CMU’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and the Tepper School of Business have joined up to develop this visionary executive education program. The program follows a team-based project/case study approach to prepare you to develop and implement a strategic digital roadmap for your home organization.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn to create star performers, including maximizing the role of leadership and followership.
  • Develop effective change management tools for complex organizational environments.
  • Master informal organizational networks in order to effectively manage beyond hierarchy.
  • Build negotiation strategies and managing conflict in diverse teams.

Who should attend?

The Chief Digital Officer Certificate Program is designed for directors and senior managers tasked with oversight, management, and implementation of digital transformation initiatives. The program is also relevant for professionals across functions who want to rise to the challenges of a rapidly digitizing society and marketplace. If your department/role is seeing increased digital visibility, responsibility, or exposure — or if you’re looking to build your digital leadership portfolio to evolve into the next phase of your career — then this is the right program for you.

Program Schedule

Virtual Orientation

Virtual orientation: September 4 - 6, 2024 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST

Virtual Modules

All virtual class dates are on Mondays from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST/EDT

  • September 23, 2024
  • October 7, 2024
  • October 14, 2024
  • October 21, 2024
  • November 4, 2024


Mid-Session will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT

  • Pittsburgh, PA (virtual option available)
  • November 27 - November 29, 2024

Virtual Modules

All virtual class dates are on Mondays from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT

  • December 9, 2024
  • December 16, 2024
  • January 13, 2025
  • January 20, 2025
  • February 3, 2025


Practicum will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT

  • Pittsburgh, PA (virtual option available)
  • February 26 - 27, 2025

Application Deadline: August 28, 2024

Program Cost

  • $16,250 for the entire program
  • $13,000 discounted rate for Carnegie Mellon alumni—including CIO, CISO, CRO, and CDataO programs—U.S. government employees, veterans, and employees of non-profit organizations

Fee includes all program materials and daily continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshments during on-campus sessions.

Optional credit card installment payment plan is available.

Please note: Due to the non-credit bearing nature of the Chief Digital Officer Certificate Program, students are unable to apply for tuition assistance, scholarship, or VA benefits.

Carnegie Mellon welcomes all individuals to participate in and attend Executive Education programs and events, on campus and/or online, as outlined in the university’s Statement of Assurance.

Additionally, we welcome the opportunity to accommodate requests for support for guests, visitors, and alumni with disabilities. To discuss your individual or group accommodation requests, please contact Carnegie Mellon's Office of Disability Resources at least two weeks in advance of your program start date.

Contact Executive Education at Carnegie Mellon

Contact a program director at 412-268-2304 or to learn more.

Get answers to common inquiries by visiting our frequently asked questions page.