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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 - held once a year January to June, - 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.

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 Euros and the Ernesto Illy Foundation offers several scholarships to worthy graduates coming from coffee producing countries.

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

The period to send scholarship candidature is April 1st until May 31st.

The deadlines to send your candidature for admission:

  • October 1st (NON EU citizens)
  • December 10th (EU citizens)

For more information, write to