Master’s in Coffee Economics and Science

The master’s degree in Coffee Economics and Science – Ernesto Illy is a university master’s degree, organized and proposed by a renowned group of leaders in the field of education: the Ernesto Illy Foundation, illycaffè, University of Trieste, University of Udine, International Superior School of Advanced Studies of Trieste (Sissa), the Association of Molecular Biomedicine and the District of coffee (Trieste Coffee Cluster).

The 5-month master’s degree is composed of 400 hours of lessons divided into 12 educational modules and 60 formative university credits. The course work, to be given entirely in English, is open to graduates worldwide in Economics, Engineering, Sciences, Agriculture and similar disciplines. It embraces the entire productive cycle of coffee and it is developed in three disciplinary areas: economical-administrative, biological-agronomic, and technological.

For further information on the Didactic Program, click here.

The Master’s Program is held once a year: from mid-January to mid-June, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm. All activities (lessons/semianrs/workshop/exam) are held at illycaffè S.p.A. (via Flavia 110 – Trieste).

The enrollment fee is 15,000 Euros and the Ernesto Illy Foundation offers financial aid to a limited number of  worthy graduates coming from coffee producing countries.

If you would like to apply, please send your résumé/CV (Europass format with photo) of your studies and education along with a letter of motivation (max 2 pages) to

The period to send your candidature for admission is June16th – October 1st.

The period to send financial aid request is April 1st – June 15th.

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