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Masters degree in Coffee Economics and Science

The master's degree in Coffee Economics and Science is a university master's degree, organized and proposed by a renowned group of leaders in the field of education: the Ernesto Illy Foundation, the Università del Caffè of illycaffè, the 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 18 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.

Its objective is to offer an in-depth multidisciplinary preparation to graduates interested in working in the world of coffee, and more generally, in the field of agro-alimentary -- in every stage of the productive cycle -- from the cultivation to the catering industry, including logistics and the industrial process.

The program also aims to consolidate and develop relations between the regional Universities and the world of business by transferring the technological and cultural know-how of illycaffè, the moral and scientific legacies of Dr. Illy and the role of Trieste as the world’s most advanced city of coffee.

The enrollment fee is €15,000 and the Ernesto Illy Foundation offers several full scholarships (including travel and living expenses), to worthy graduates coming from coffee producing countries.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship for the 2014 edition of the master, please send your résumé (CV) of your studies and education along with a letter of presentation to

Deadline to send your scholarship request: May 30, 2013

Learn more about the Class of 2011 and the Class of 2012.

Or read our blog dedicated to the Master's degree in Coffee Economics and Science: Class of 2013.

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