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Master C-suite leadership skills as a technology leader

The Duke Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Program is a comprehensive 8-month multi-modular program designed to transform technology leaders into successful C-suite executives leading their organizations. The program is led by esteemed Fuqua faculty and driven by a cutting-edge curriculum with a profound exploration of strategy, next-gen leadership, innovation and digital disruption. Through this immersive program, you will venture into the forefront of technology leadership, with the skills, insights and tools to address emerging trends and challenges, and the expertise to excel as a visionary CTO.

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    of CTOs cite technology strategy, technology operations, and technology architecture among their key areas of ownership.

    USD 3,144 bn

    is the estimated digital transformation market size growth by 2030.

    USD 900 bn

    is the expected cybersecurity market growth by 2032.

    Program benefits

    Upon completion of the Chief Technology Officer Program, apart from becoming part of the CTO Program community, you will become an integral part of the global Duke Executive Education network. Additionally, you will receive select premier benefits as part of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business*:

    • The Duke CTO Program certificate from Duke Executive Education and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business
    • Inclusion in The Fuqua School of Business alumni LinkedIn network – a private group with 15,000+ alumni members
    • Inclusion in Fuqua’s alumni directory with access to online searching for networking opportunities
    • Receive the monthly alumni e-newsletter, Team Fuqua Flash, from Fuqua’s Alumni Relations team
    • Access to Fuqua’s alumni events and webinars
    • Access to Fuqua’s Ford Library while on campus
    • Ability to post targeted career opportunities for your organization through Fuqua’s Career Management Center job portal – accessible by Fuqua students and alumni only
    • Inclusion in the Duke University alumni directory and the ability to join Duke’s affinity, industry, and regional groups
    • Access to create a Duke lifetime email address
    • 30% discount on future Duke Executive Education program registrations (Global partner programs excluded)

    *All benefits subject to change.

    Duke fuqua advantage

    Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business was founded in 1969 and, since then, has come to be known for attracting and nurturing a new kind of leader. One who has the power to bring out the strength in others and move teams forward toward a common purpose. Our global community is prepared for and thrives in an environment with differing viewpoints.

    We foster a leadership style that inspires entire organizations to do better while doing what’s best. As a business school, we don’t just teach societal leadership, which is a core function of business; we live it through our own business practices.

    With internationally renowned thought leaders on our faculty, research centers, and a collaborative culture, Duke Fuqua has quickly risen to become one of the world’s premier business schools.

    Key takeaways

    Upon completion of this Chief Technology Officer Program, you will acquire a meticulously crafted leadership skillset. You will also gain invaluable insights and perspectives essential to lead innovation and growth, and build a competitive advantage in a rapidly evolving landscape. With this program, you will be able to:

    Key takeaways from this program encompass:

    • Understand the pivotal role of a CTO in shaping the competitive and corporate strategy in a global business landscape
    • Leverage strategic partnerships such as alliances, outsourcing, etc. to accelerate technological innovation and enable the organization to thrive in an ever-changing business environment
    • Ensure compliance with global technology regulation across industries and geographies, while considering modern business imperatives such as Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
    • Understand the role of venture capital in boosting technological innovation in a global business context
    • Master digital strategy leadership through disruptive technologies such as AI/ML to drive enterprise-wide digital transformation
    • Embrace emerging business models to deliver value and drive growth at scale
    • Envisage the role of the latest technology trends such as quantum computing, robotics, Industry 4.0, generative AI, and other transformative technologies in reshaping the future of business
    • Harness the power of data, analytics, and cloud to unlock the potential of platforms for enterprises
    • Nurture exceptional communication and negotiation skills that are critical for technology leadership and managing interactions with the board of directors
    • Cultivate agile leadership skills to navigate ambiguity and uncertainty

    Who should attend

    The Chief Technology Officer Program is tailored for visionary technology leaders tasked with spearheading technological innovation, shaping organizational success, and ensuring growth and excellence in technology leadership.

    Program is suitable for professionals with:

    • Significant experience and demonstrated career progression and success across levels, including:
      • CXOs, Directors, Presidents, VPs, etc.
      • Managers of managers
      • Senior functional managers and business heads
    • Individuals with outstanding careers and leadership roles in a variety of settings
    • A strong drive to succeed and aspirations for reaching beyond the obvious career milestones
    • Demonstrated ability to adapt, learn and apply new knowledge in varied situations
    • A minimum of 10 years of work experience in functional, technical, or business roles
    • A graduate degree with a strong academic track record is preferred
    • Fluency in written and spoken English


    The program is conducted by Fuqua’s globally acclaimed faculty, who are at the forefront of innovation and research in their fields. They bring a wealth of knowledge, real-world experience, and a commitment to nurturing the next generation of technology leaders. You will benefit from a unique learning experience led by luminaries in the field who are dedicated to preparing you for success in the dynamic world of technology.

    Academic Program Directors

    Prof. Aaron (Ronnie) Chatterji

    Mark Burgess & Lisa Benson-Burgess Distinguished Professor of Strategy

    Professor Aaron “Ronnie” Chatterji is the Mark Burgess & Lisa Benson-Burgess Distinguished Professor of Business and Public Policy at Duke University. Ronnie works at the intersection of academia, public policy, and business, investigating the most important forces shaping our economy and society. His primary appointment is in the Fuqua School of Business, from where he has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in the top journals in strategic management, economics, finance, and organizational studies, and two books, “Can Business Save the Earth?” (Stanford University Press) and “The Role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Economic Growth” (University of Chicago Press).

    Prof. Sharique Hasan

    Associate Professor of Strategy

    Professor Sharique Hasan is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the Fuqua School of Business. Professor Hasan’s research and teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurial and human capital strategy, particularly in high-technology industries. He studies the formation and growth of new ventures as well as the translation of clinical and scientific ideas into new products and services. At Duke, he has taught the core Strategy class for several programs, including the Daytime MBA, Weekend Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, and Masters of Management Studies.

    Program faculty may include*:

    • Ashish Arora
      Rex D. Adams Professor of Strategy
    • Ashleigh Shelby Rosette
      James Vincent Professor of Leadership
    • Daisy Lovelace
      Associate Professor of the Practice and Executive Director, Management Communication Center
    • David T. Robinson
      James and Gail Vander Weide Professor of Finance
    • Jamie Jones
      Associate Professor of the Practice; Director for Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship
    • Scott Rockart
      Eads Associate Professor of the Practice in Energy Finance; Faculty Fellow in the Energy Initiative
    • Sharon Belenzon
      Fundación Damm Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
    • Sim Sitkin
      Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor of Leadership
    • Steve McClelland
      Interim Director of the Christensen Family Center for Innovation
    • Wesley Cohen
      Snow Family Professorship of Strategy

    *Program faculty is subject to change


    The Chief Technology Officer program curriculum is designed for experienced technology professionals looking to nurture a growth mindset and drive organizational success. The comprehensive curriculum will help you gain the strategic, managerial, and analytical competencies required to make significant technological contributions to your organization.

    Technology Strategy to Thrive in Global Business

    • Competitive Strategy – Thriving in Fast-paced Industries and Competing in a Global Environment
    • Forming Strategic Alliances
    • Business Alignment, Strategy, and Economic Outcomes
    • Human Capital Strategy
    • Global Markets Analysis & Emerging Markets Strategy
    • Outsourcing
    • Platform Economics and Strategy
    • Markets for Technology: The Economics of Innovation and Corporate Strategy

    Policy, Governance and Law

    • Technology Regulations in Different Industries & Countries
    • Non-market Strategy and the Role of Government
    • Principles for the Modern Business Landscape: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Imperatives
    • Corporate Governance
    • Intellectual Property: Patent and Licensing Strategy Across Borders
    • Cybersecurity

    The CTO's Roadmap to Technological Innovation

    • Generating and Evaluating New Ideas and New Product Development
    • Human-centered Design: Envisaging a Framework for Design Thinking
    • Driving Success Through Experimentation
    • Venture Capital and Entry Strategies
    • Agile Transformation

    Digital Transformation and Disruption

    • Digital Disruption: AI/ML and New Technologies
    • Emerging Business Models for Delivering Value and Driving Growth at Scale
    • Mastering Digital Strategy Leadership: Driving Enterprise-wide Digital Adoption and Implementation

    Paradigm Shift: Guiding Through Technological Change and The Fourth Industrial Revolution

    • AI/ML: Transformation & Decision-making
    • Cutting-edge Technology Trends – Quantum Computing, Industry 4.0, Robotics and Other Transformative Technologies
    • AI Implementation at Scale: Unlocking the Potential of Generative AI for Business Impact
    • Data Strategy and Analytics – Data Leadership & Business Information Systems
    • Future-ready Enterprise Cloud Strategy

    The Next-Gen CTO

    • Agile Leadership Through Crises, Ambiguity & Uncertainty
    • Executive Presence and Influence
    • Strategic Negotiations
    • Leadership, Ethics and Driving Dynamic High-performing Teams
    • Leading Change
    • Managing Your Networks in an Era of Thriving Organizations
    • Scenario Planning for Uncertain Futures
    • Technology Leadership in a VUCA World

    Industry Interactions

    As part of the curriculum, you will meet experts from the industry. This will give you a first-hand account from leading CTOs at the forefront of innovation and technology in the business arena.

    *These topics are illustrative and subject to change.

    Program Experience

    The Chief Technology Officer Program offers an immersive and enriching experience, combining both classroom and live online modules. Guided by renowned Fuqua faculty, this program is crafted meticulously to cater to the busy schedules and unique requirements of leaders in the technology sector. Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to expand your global network and foster meaningful relationships with fellow technology visionaries who share your passion for crafting the future of technology leadership.

    Program Highlights

    Blended Format

    Immersive live-online sessions and classroom sessions at Duke University to enhance learning and networking.

    Exclusive Network

    Be included in the exclusive Fuqua and Duke Executive Education networks.

    Elite Credentials

    Receive credentials from a world-renowned business school.

    World-Renowned Faculty

    Gain insights from distinguished faculty and industry experts.

    Leading-Edge Curriculum

    A comprehensive curriculum focused on vital areas of technology leadership.

    Real-World Application

    The carefully designed learning approach promotes the immediate application of essential technological and leadership concepts.


    The program follows a simple 3-step application process. The step-by-step process is outlined below.

    Submit Application

    Candidates can apply to the program online and attach all required materials as outlined in the requirements below.

    Apply Now

    Rolling Admission

    The Admissions team will assess your application as soon as it is received.


    Candidates might be required to give an interview before being accepted into the program. Once all the requirements are completed, the Admissions team will notify the candidate with a decision.

    Application Requirement

    The program follows a simple 3-step application process. The step-by-step process is outlined below.

    • A resume in Word or PDF format
    • Two professional references to discuss your candidacy in detail

    Program Fees

    The program fee is USD 26,000 inclusive of all taxes. It covers teaching fees, all academic materials, lunches, and select dinners (one hosted dinner during each campus immersion module).

    The fee does not include transport expenses (domestic and international), any associated visa fees, etc., nor accommodation for modules and/or workshops. It also does not cover any other expenses that are not expressly mentioned.


    The deadline for this round has passed

    USD 1,600 early registration benefit

    Round 1


    USD 24,400


    March 23, 2024


    USD 1,200 early registration benefit

    Round 2


    USD 24,800


    April 20, 2024


    USD 800 early registration benefit

    Round 3


    USD 25,200


    May 25, 2024


    USD 400 early registration benefit

    Round 4


    USD 25,600


    June 22, 2024



    Final Round


    USD 26,000


    July 20, 2024



    Please note:

    • The application fee for the Duke CTO Program is USD 200.
    • The application fee is refunded only in the case an applicant is not offered admission to the program.

    About Duke University

    Duke University traces its origins to a small school that opened in 1838 in Randolph County, North Carolina. The university has changed in many ways since its founding, and today, the ever evolving Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, doctorate, and professional degrees.

    Our vision for the next decade is “to grow, connect, and empower diverse and inclusive communities of excellence to enhance the creation, delivery, and translation of knowledge for a rapidly changing world.”

    About Northwest Executive Education

    Duke Executive Education collaborates with Northwest Executive Education on program design, outreach and delivery to build this program into a transformational experience for global participants. Northwest works in close collaboration with prominent universities and schools to deliver high-quality executive education programs that offer relevant, contextual, and global learning experiences.


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