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Become a change maker who can unleash data-driven decisions at every level

Chief Data Officer Certificate


Training the next generation of Chief Data Officers to transform organizations with leading data science and advanced technology expertise from the birthplace of AI.

NOTE: For everyone's health and safety during the ongoing pandemic, all CDataO Certificate Program deliveries will be virtual for Cohort 1. The dates based on this decision are reflected in the schedule below, subject to change to in-person sessions in accordance with public health guidance.

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Data is being created and collected at an unprecedented volume. Chances are your organization is sitting on troves of data but unsure how to use it! Converting data into real value takes the right skills and savvy leadership to drive a culture of data-driven decision making.

Carnegie Mellon University's Chief Data Officer Certificate Program (CDataO) provides current and future CDOs with the critical strategic insight, management techniques, and analytical capabilities you need to set up a 21st century data governance program.

Success in today’s world is increasingly dependent on the ability to manage large, diverse, and rapidly changing data. But being data-driven is about more than just amassing huge datasets—it requires a shift in organizational culture at every level. It requires the attitude that data is not a “nice-to-have” byproduct buried in spreadsheets, but rather a key asset central to every decision.

This six-month program, which blends the value of on-campus sessions with the flexibility of synchronous distance learning, will prepare you to recognize business opportunities afforded by new data sources and the latest data science; match the right data to the right problem; ensure compliance with evolving regulations around security, privacy, and bias; understand the role of emerging technology; and achieve buy-in from stakeholders throughout your organization.

As part of this certificate program, you will develop an enterprise data strategy roadmap for a project organization. All students admitted to the CDataO Certificate Program will have at least five years of relevant managerial experience, giving you the chance to collaborate with similarly experienced peers and build exciting new relationships and networks with your cohort.

C-Data-O CERTIFICATE PROGRAM INFORMATION


Applications are currently being accepted for Cohort 1, beginning March 2021.

C-Data-O Curriculum


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FUTURE MODULES BENEFIT

Graduates of the CDataO Certificate Program will have access to new CDataO 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, or CDigitalO program modules, unless the student is also a graduate of those programs.

MSIT PROGRAM DISCOUNT

Students who complete the CDataO Certificate Program and who subsequently apply for and are admitted into the Heinz College MSIT Degree Program are eligible for a tuition discount scholarship. Tuition that has 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 and/or CDigitalO certificate 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.