Professional Development & Continuing Education Programs

IT Executive Program

Program Overview

GTI’s signature initiative, formerly the Chief Information Officer (CIO) certification program, targets the unique challenges of public and private sector IT executives. Today’s IT executives require sophisticated skillsets in leadership, strategy, and management. The ITE immerses IT leaders in a comprehensive study of executive-level issues, including IT strategy and planning, governance, security, workforce development and the skills necessary to earn a seat at the executive table. Through the program, current and aspiring senior-level IT executives earn the Certified Government CIO (CGCIO) certification, 6 college credits that can be applied to a master’s degree at HU, in addition to learning to manage the demands of their increasingly complex roles. 

IT Leaders Program

The IT Executive Program will be part of the new IT Leaders Program.  This program will be offered both in Harrisburg and at HU’s campus in Philadelphia. The IT Executive track will have approximately 21 more hours of education relative to IT Managers. IT Executives will join IT Managers for their part of the educational program. Combining parts of these programs offer many benefits including the opportunity for IT Executives and IT Managers to interact during educational sessions, as well as, breaks and lunches. Some IT Managers in prior sessions suggested the interaction and collaboration with IT Executives would provide a better understanding and perspective of each other’s role. 

Benefits of the Program

  • Designates IT professionals with a recognized credential representing essential qualifications for the role of CIO;
  • Enhances the skills required to lead at the executive level, by focusing on strategy, communications, policy, finance, personnel and emerging technologies;
  • Provides senior level IT professionals with a venue for peer learning, network building and brainstorming;
  • Uses an applied strategic project for candidates to demonstrate mastery and produce a tangible product or service to benefit the organization.

Featured Presenters from Past Sessions

  • President & CEO, Unisys
  • CIO, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • CIO, US Dept. of General Services
  • VP, Global Mobility, Cisco
  • PA Deputy Secretary for IT
  • PA Secretary of Administration
  • PA House Appropriations Executive Director
  • FBI Special Agent
  • Former Deputy Commissioner, PA State Police
  • PA Legal Counsel

Module I

IT Leader’s Role in the Digital Age

Module II

Business Strategies and Strategic Planning Tools

Module III

Leadership and Trusting Relationships

Module IV

360 Communications/ Selling Your Ideas

Module V

Data Driven Decision Making

Module VI

Understanding and Leading Organizational Change

Module VII


Module VIII

Performance and Quality

Module IX

Innovation and Emerging Technologies

A cohort of 10-20 IT leaders, nominated by organization leadership, attend a total of 18 in-person sessions, twice a month for 9 months. Presentations, group exercises, networking, peer learning and a capstone project make up the program.



To be considered for the IT Executives Program, applicants must be IT Professionals who oversee an IT organization, such as the CIO or IT Director for a government agency, collective of agencies, local government, school district, non-profit or for-profit entity. Those aspiring to be elevated into these positions can also be admitted given approval of their sponsor.

Participation & Attendance

Participants will be expected to complete readings and some written work prior to sessions. Additionally, each participant is expected to complete the Capstone project outlined in the “Curriculum” section. Attendance at a minimum of 90% of the sessions is required.

Application Process

Candidates will demonstrate the support of their senior leadership by submitting a letter of nomination written on their behalf. The application form allows candidates to present their learning goals, past experiences, expertise, and knowledge they will bring to the cohort for consideration.


A Certified Government CIO (CGCIO) certification and 6 college credits for those interested in pursuing a master’s degree can be earned. Harrisburg University will counsel those interested in receiving college credits to ensure they meet all requirements.

2019 Program Fees

Organizations are responsible for the per participant cost of the program. Payment is due after being admitted into the program. Please click the registration link at the bottom of this page for detailed pricing.

Included in Program

Food and beverages for opening reception, graduation, lunches, etc. for students and their supporting organizations leadership, are included in the tuition fee.

Parking Information

Parking is not included in the enrollment fee. For information on parking and to view current hourly rates, please visit Standard Parking’s website at:

Registration is Closed.

2020 program information and dates coming soon.