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Be Resilient

Risk is a fact of doing business. Be a CRO who can see the big picture.

Chief Risk Officer (CRO) Certificate

For leaders in risk management to gain the latest skills and best practices impacting their domain.

This six-month program, co-administered by the CERT Division of CMU’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI), blends on-campus and synchronous distance learning. It is designed to deliver what CROs need to flourish in their current positions and further develop in their risk management careers, including strategies for effectively communicating risks to executive leadership professionals, and tools for analyzing and addressing enterprise risks.

The CRO Certificate Program provides you with applicable training, including topical discussion on current risk challenges and mitigation practices. Learning objectives are met through a combination of expert faculty instruction, business case analyses, and active exchanges with thought leaders in the field. As part of this certificate program, you will develop or enhance a risk plan for an organization. This plan is designed for you to apply several of the methods, tools, and techniques taught during the modules of the program.

The CRO Certificate Program is developed and delivered by Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, CMU's Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center, and the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).

All students admitted to the CRO 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.


Applications are currently being accepted for Cohort 5, beginning October 2020.

CRO Curriculum

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


Students who complete the CRO 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 and/or Digital LEEP 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.