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Heinz College Launches Redesigned Chief Information Officer Certificate

The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University announced the launch of their newly redesigned Chief Information Officer (CIO) Certificate Program. The CIO Certificate Program—first established in 2001 and the centerpiece of Heinz College’s executive education offerings—provides experienced managers with the industry-leading tools and insights they need to become effective tech leaders. Courses will be taught by Heinz College’s world-renowned faculty as well as industry experts.

The CIO Certificate Program features a hybrid delivery model that blends in-person courses and collaboration with synchronous distance learning; In-person sessions are located CMU’s main campus in Pittsburgh, PA. Students will enter and progress through the program as a cohort to promote stronger relationships, interactions, and networks among participants. The first cohort of the new program will begin in December.

Major topics covered in the program are IT strategy, the role of the CIO, enterprise architecture, digital transformation, cybersecurity, data management, and risk management. Students work with a team of their peers to develop a new information technology strategic plan for an organization and deliver a practicum presentation of that plan to an executive board. This enhanced experiential component challenges our CIO students to apply the methods and techniques learned in the program in a practical way.

“Being a part of Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College has this unique vantage point when it comes to the rapidly shifting technology landscape. These rapid changes can put a lot of stress on an organization, and that makes IT leadership all the more important,” said Andy Wasser, associate dean. “Our faculty are not just technical experts. They run the gamut from risk management and cybersecurity, to strategy and communications, to thought leaders in big data and digital transformation. Graduates of this program are uncommonly well-rounded and adaptable leaders as a result.”

Past participants in the program have included representatives from across industries, including manufacturing, banking, financial services, retail, insurance, consulting, and federal, state, and local government agencies including the FBI, Army, Navy, Social Security Administration, and U.S. Departments of State, Labor, Commerce, and Homeland Security.

Carnegie Mellon University has been ranked #1 in Information and Technology Management by U.S. News and World Report since 2001.

Registration for the Fall 2019 CIO Certificate Program is now open. Find more information or register, or contact


About Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College: The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the #1 academic program for Analytics Education. For more information, please visit