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Be Visionary

The digital revolution is remaking every industry. It's time to step up.

Chief Digital Officer Certificate

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

Digital LEEP program sealWhere digital transformation goes, huge benefits can follow, as can major risks. You’ve seen it at your own company. Everything is changing. Digitization is accelerating and data is becoming more prominent in strategic decision making across departments. Analytics and technology are more important than ever before, not only in meeting the demands of your organization, but in staying agile and responsive to your customers and constituents. Carnegie Mellon University's Chief Digital Officer Certificate Program (CDigitalO) prepares you to navigate rapid shifts in digital with next generation leadership.

There’s a lot to know. From privacy and security breaches to ethics and cultural issues, there’s increasing complexity involved in the development and management of digital teams, assets, communications, products, and services.

CMU is world-renowned for its cross-disciplinary coursework. CMU's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy and Tepper School of Business have joined up to develop this visionary executive education program. Over five months, you will build  a highly applicable toolset and a network of senior industry connections. The CDigitalO program follows a team-based project/case study approach to prepare you to develop and implement a strategic digital roadmap for your home organization. 

CDigitalO is designed for executives and senior managers with a growing digital portfolio that includes creation, implementation, oversight, and management of digital transformation initiatives. All students admitted to the CDigitalO Certificate Program will have at least seven years of relevant experience managing projects and/or people, giving you the chance to collaborate with similarly experienced peers and build exciting new relationships and networks with your cohort. The program is also relevant for cross-functional professionals who want to solve high-level business problems in a rapidly digitizing society and marketplace. 

Digital leaders have to be ready for a dynamic future. To thrive, you need a diverse skill set, the agility to pivot as markets and business needs rapidly shift, and the resilience to weather change and ambiguity. CMU is in a unique position to accelerate the rise of next-gen digital leaders with a broad cross-section of relevant topics, the latest best practices, and an invaluable network of experts and peers. Mark Yolton | VP, Digital | Salesforce
My CMU CDigitalO Program experience was fantastic. I grew personally, established long-lasting relationships with many experienced professionals and came back to my company energized after each presentation. The faculty and executive education team at Heinz took great care in curating the content to provide each participant with the knowledge and tools to develop a strong digital organization for our respective companies. As an added benefit, this program also raised my visibility externally. I recommend the program to anyone looking to elevate the digital maturity of their organization. Camila Serna | SVP, Digital Acceleration Office | Chubb


Program Costs

  • $17,850 for the entire program

  • $14,280 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 CDigitalO Certificate Program, students are unable to apply for tuition assistance, scholarship, or VA benefits.




  • Formal deadline for Cohort 4 is August 28, 2024. Please submit your application as soon as possible for consideration.

  • If space remains, we will continue to accept applications on a first-come, first-serve basis.


A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of 1/5 of the total program cost is required to reserve a seat in the program.

Should a student withdraw from the program after the deposit has been paid but prior to the program start date, students may have 4/5 of the program costs either refunded to them or transferred to the following cohort of the program.

After the program start date, no refunds will be issued. However, under extenuating circumstances and with program director approval, students may petition to postpone their attendance to a future cohort and have 4/5 of the program costs applied accordingly.



Applications are currently being accepted for Cohort 4, which begins September 2024.

  • Cohort 4 (Fall 2024) Program Dates & Schedule
    Virtual Orientation: 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. EDT
    September 4-6, 2024

    Virtual Modules: 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. EDT/EST
    (Note: all virtual class dates are Mondays)
    September 23 (2024)
    October 7, 14, 21 (2024)
    November 4 (2024)

    Mid-Session: 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. EST (Pittsburgh, PA; virtual option available)
    December 4-6, 2024

    Virtual Modules: 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. EST
    (Note: all virtual class dates are Mondays)
    December 9, 16 (2024)
    January 13, 20 (2025)
    February 3, 10 (2025)

    Practicum: 9:00am - 5:00 p.m. EST (Pittsburgh, PA; virtual option available)
    February 26-27, 2025

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Graduates of the CDigitalO Certificate Program will have access to new program modules created in the future, providing you with continuing education after the program ends. Approval is required.

Please note: This benefit does not extend to future CIO, CISO, CRO, CDataO, or PITC program modules, unless the student is also a graduate of those programs.


Students who complete the CDigitalO Certificate Program and who subsequently apply for and are admitted into the Heinz College MSIT Degree Program are eligible for a tuition discount scholarship. Program costs that have been paid for completing any or all of the Heinz College Executive Education certificate programs (up to $40,000) by the individual student or their sponsor/employer will be matched with a tuition discount from the MSIT program—reducing the cost to complete the MSIT degree by up to $40,000.

In order to be considered, applicants to the MSIT program should indicate their enrollment status with the CIO, CISO, CRO, CDataO, CDigitalO and/or PITC program(s) on the Application for Admission.

Please note: The tuition discount is only available once a student has completed all of the certificate program’s requirements. Completion of a certificate program does not guarantee admission to the MSIT program.