The Digital MBA

For Technology Leaders

A 360º business course built for technology leaders who want to align their technical capabilities with high impact leadership skills. This certified executive leadership course is transforming the careers of global tech leaders and includes 12 months access to the CTO Academy membership package.


This blended learning experience combines high impact micro lectures, monthly live sessions and support from a global community of technology leaders. 

It will help you to become a more business-fluent tech leader capable of achieving the career impact you want and deliver the competitive advantage your organisation needs.

Who Is It For?

CTOs looking to enhance their leadership capabilitiesAmbitious tech Leaders and managers focused on senior rolesTech Co-founders needing to build a more commercial instinctThe Accidental CTO who arrived into the role ahead of scheduleThose identified as having high potential for future Leadership roles

A Deep Dive into the Course with CEO Andrew Weaver

What's Included

9 modules focused on your growth as a technology leader 220 micro lectures from technology and business leadersLectures complemented by range of additional materialEnd of module tests cement the learning process Course working groups for Shared Learning & NetworkingPersonal course manager to help you towards completion
12 months free membership with weekly live sessionsAccess to our global community of tech leadersCourse released over 10 months (can be accelerated)15 month timeline to complete courseLifetime access to all existing and future lecturesCPD certified completion certificate

What People Say About The Digital MBA for Technology Leaders ...

16,000 individual lecture ratings posted at average of 4.7 (out of 5) per lecture

I was recently promoted to CTO and this course has helped prepare and equip me for the next stage of my career.  I have been changed for the better as a result of CTO Academy and the incredible lecturers you have on this course.
Evan Tanner
CTO, Florida, USA
The course is so good that I'm going back through modules again as some of the frameworks are applicable to immediate challenges
Saroj Pant
Head of Technology, Sydney, Australia
I have just graduated from their Digital MBA for Tech Leaders and all I can really say is “Wow!”. The course takes you through all key aspects of technology leadership with modules delivered by people who have ‘actually’ been in my shoes. If you are new to Tech Leadership you will learn lots and if you have been around a bit…you will also learn lots. Total win-win.
Chris Jelley
CTO, Doncaster, UK

Latest Reviews

Transformative Experience with the Digital MBA for Technology Leaders

I've gained valuable insights and skills that are crucial for driving technology and business strategy in today's fast-paced digital landscape. The diverse curriculum has enhanced my technical and analytical capabilities while honing my leadership and strategic thinking skills.

I'm particularly excited about applying these learnings to tackle significant leadership challenges, especially in the rapidly evolving field of Artificial Intelligence. The knowledge and experience gained from this program have prepared me to contribute effectively to innovative projects and lead teams towards achieving groundbreaking results. Read more...

Banarasi Babu Tippa
Director at Group Functions Legal Technology, UBS, US, on June 11, 2024

At the time of me signing up for CTO…

I was in a Senior Leadership position managing multiple teams in various tech disciplines. The course as well as all of the lecturers exceeded my expectations. The course not only taught me lessons that will help me to be successful in the future, it also affirmed my current knowledge giving me the confidence that I knew what I was doing in my day job.

The community is also something that I didn’t expect when I first signed up. It’s daily that the community at CTO Academy are interacting with each other in Slack helping out with problems, job openings, or celebrating wins. > Read more...

Joshua Higginbotham
Senior Architect, Data & Analytics, at Centric Consulting, US, on June 2, 2024

... And Are Saying

The Curriculum

Module 1 - Leadership & Team Building
Defining Great Leadership

We open this course by learning about the concept and science of leadership.
What defines great technology leadership and why are soft skills like empathy such an important tool in the armour of successful leaders.

Case studies, real business examples and Q&A sessions help to illustrate what separates the bad from the good to the great tech leaders.

What Type Of Leader Are You?

Understanding more about your own leadership style and motivation will increase your effectiveness in senior roles.

We help you explore your strengths, understand your weaknesses, examine critical thinking and how to better manage stakeholder demands on your time and skill set. 

Building and Managing Teams

The essence of leadership is how you manage people and specifically, those immediately around you in your team.

These lectures explore and challenge you about the variables involved in building and managing high performance teams - from identifying gaps to onboarding to managing the difficult noisy character, and the quiet genius one.
Module 2 - Business Fundamentals

What Drives Organisations?

What’s at the core of organisational culture and how does the structure, agility and politics of different organisations affect your ability to make an impact in a senior technology role?

Commercial Strategy

You can’t build and deliver a technology strategy without understanding what drives the wider commercial strategy. 

We talk with CEOs and business leaders to explore the core principles and frameworks that drive effective strategy and value into an organization, and how that shapes technology and product development.

Legals and Compliance

We are joined by legal and compliance experts who explain not only the core concepts but also potential alarm bells you need to be aware of when dealing with such a wide range of stakeholders.

Marketing & Sales

With increasing crossover taking place between marketing, sales and technology, it’s important to understand the core marketing demands, drivers and metrics.

Equally important for the high impact technology leader is to be very close to sales and by extension the customer. 


Whether hiring in hypergrowth or managing a delicate team relationship, you need to understand core principles about how your organisation attracts, retains and conducts best HR practice.

Module 3 - Technology Strategy & Business Goals


Where does technology drive strategic competitive advantage?

We work through the factors and frameworks that enable you to align your tech strategy with wider business goals and how you need to bring together different elements of an organisation for buy-in?

Value Drivers

Every area of a business should be adding value but we look specifically at how/where you can audit, review and validate the value being driven by technology.

What are you auditing to ensure costs are controlled?
Where is your IP value being created and protected?
How are you capturing market validation? 


Once you understand strategy and value drivers, how do you set up your team for success? What does a roadmap need to contain and how do you communicate the plan to a non-technical audience?


Our expert lecturers introduce you to the best practice tools, frameworks and methodologies needed to help track and execute successful roadmaps?

We also look at the different solutions available to help save cost, negotiate blockages and accelerate you towards delivering a well executed strategy.

Module 4 - Personal Development

Mindset and Values

We work through a range of lectures and exercises that will enable you to understand more about your own values and how you can negotiate any barriers to success. 

Enhancing Your Skills

From public speaking to growth mindset to engaging with your conscious and unconscious mind, there are skills and methodologies you can adopt and adapt that will help you improve your performance and impact. 

Build Your Personal Brand

Having understood your values and focused on building your skills, now we look at how to raise your profile (and value) in the marketplace.

We talk with experts on thought leadership, networking and personal branding about where you should be focusing your time and resources to achieve the career and impact you want.

Module 5 - Product Development


No point in starting to build a product if the vision, processes and systems are not in place. 

We explore what makes for good preparation, where it impacts on a smoother build and how you need to create an environment that enables build teams to solve product problems faster.


These lectures explore some “build critical” questions around architecture, customer experience and protecting your IP.

Do you have a process in place to iterate quickly?
How are you managing the code?
Do you have the right engineers in the right roles?


We all know that the speed of delivery has changed dramatically over the last few years so how do you keep up to date with the systems available to support your tech teams.

These lectures look at the strategies, techniques and tools that will enable your teams to exceed expectations.

Module 6 - Information Management

Cyber Security

Security must be front and center for anyone in charge of information so we walk through the key considerations for protecting an organisation and the various options that will enable you to better manage the increasing range of macro risks.


Compliance helps instill professionalism and understanding across the company as well as make product sales easier and in some cases you can’t sell without compliance certification.

Our lecturers will help you understand in detail what is involved and both the time and resources needed to achieve the compliance required. 


Good governance, particularly around data, is becoming increasingly important as the effects of legislation like GDPR and CCA become known and stakeholders both internal and external, expect it to be at the core of your organisation.

We unpack what is required and expected, particularly during this era of work from home (WFH) and bring your own device (BYOD).


At the core of information security is knowing when something has gone wrong and being able to do a forensic analysis. 

We look at the logging and reporting systems you need in place and how to fit these into a growing or changing organisation with stakeholder pushback.

Module 7 - Finance & Funding

Foundation Finance

We explore how companies record and organize their financial transactions, with guest speakers, examples of financial modelling and business case studies.

Planning & Budgeting

Then we apply this to technology budgets and the key factors and challenges when forecasting and building a plan, sometimes in competition with other departments.

Funding Options

Tech leaders should be at the heart of any significant funding particularly as it’s often issues around technology that drive or block the round. We unpack the funding process including common valuation methodologies. 

Relationships & Communication

Often overlooked is the management of key financial relationships, so we arm you with insight on various stakeholder relationships including the CFO, Board, Investors, Private Equity.

Module 8 - Data Science & Analytics


Managing, leveraging and organising data is business critical but research indicates up to 80% of a data scientist's time is spent sorting out the data before they can start the work. You will explore how data drives effective decision making and the tools and methodologies that will help you streamline this process.


Reporting is not generally a high priority for developers so making sure their reports provide actionable insight is key to efficiency. Consolidating the reporting system, prevents death by a thousand dashboards!


Most techniques used by data scientists are not new but what’s created this field in recent years has been the compute ability the cloud has given them. 

From start-up to international enterprise, there is a level playing field and you need to understand what can be achieved with data science, why is it such a hot area and where can it help your business?

discover how data can drive effective decision-making, through case studies from industries such as advertising, retail, and healthcare. You will see examples of techniques like A/B testing, network analysis, and pre/post testing being employed to deliver business outcomes and learn to identify opportunities for action in your own business.

Data as an Asset

This module will dive deeper into data by covering the three main categories of analytics–descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. You will identify the opportunities and limitations of data integration. You will learn concepts like data sourcing, data architecture and storage, and data analytics, which come together to form a holistic data strategy for your organization.

Module 9 - Digital Trends and Innovation

Understanding and Driving Innovation

How do you instill innovation into your team (and organization) as we walk through a detailed analysis of topics such as digital transformation, improvement methodologies and making sense of open source.

Subject Matter Experts … Talk About The Next Big Thing(s)

What does the future look like?

We introduce a range of Subject Matter Experts to deliver a series of lectures and talks aimed at helping you keep in step with what’s coming over the horizon and one step ahead of your competition.

Ready to turbo charge your career? Sign up to the next cohort

When you join the course, you also receive 12 months free CTO Academy membership with weekly live sessions and much else. 

Next Cohort

Monday 1st July 2024

US$3,500  for lifetime accessUS$970 every 3 months for 12 months per quarter

The Faculty

CTO Academy built the course our members requested and then found the lecturers our course needed.

We have brought together a diverse range of leaders and subject matter experts who deliver each topic from a practical and nuanced perspective of what really matters in a technology leadership role.

Example Lectures From The Course

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is duration for Digital MBA course?
The course takes 44 weeks but we can accelerate you if you required and there is no time limit on completion.
What is the time commitment expected per week?
The minimum is about 2.5 hours per week but you can spend more time by diving into the additional materials for greater depth of information.
What's the cost for the course?
The cost of the course is US$3,500.
What time of certification is released at the end of the training?
Immediately - once you have completed the course the certifcate will be immediately available.
What is your accreditation?
We are accredited by CPDUK and you can see the accreditation here.
Is there a capstone project?
No - the course is designed to fit into your every day working life and thus we do not expect a capstone project.
What do I get when it completes?
A certificate of completion which can be published on LinkedIn. It contains a unqiue QR code used to validate the certificate to you.
Can I still access the material after if finishes?
Yes - you have lifetime access to the material.
Who is taking the course?
We have tech leaders from 44 countries on the course all of whom hold a tech leadership role working for startups, fast growth companies to large enterprises.
Can I expense the course to my company?
Many companies have budgets for external training courses for their staff. We have provided a helpful guide to expense the course to your employer which is available here.
Can I pay by instalments?
Yes - we have an instalment plan over 3 months. If you need a special plan, please email [email protected] and we can see what we can do.

Book a call with our CEO

Still have questions and/or want to know if the course is a good fit for your career? Book a discovery call and explore the course with our CEO, Andrew Weaver. 

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This course has been built by tech leaders for tech leaders and is based on our nuanced understanding about what is needed to be an effective tech leader.

We’re confident this course, the live sessions and global community will broaden your knowledge base and increase your confidence. But if it doesn't work for you, then we offer a "No Conditions Refund Guarantee" where if for any reason you’re not satisfied during the 7 days after your course starts, we will refund 100% of your money.

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