Master's degree in Coffee Economics and Science - Ernesto Illy

The Master's degree entirely dedicated to the world of coffee

The international university master’s degree dedicated to the coffee world was established by a group of renowned leaders in the field of education: the University of Trieste, the University of Udine, the International Superior School of Advanced Studies of Trieste (SISSA), the Association of Molecular Biomedicine (CBM Area Science Park, Trieste), illycaffè and Università del Caffè, and the Ernesto Illy Foundation.


Aims and purpose:
To offer graduates who are interested in working in the coffee world – and more generally in the agri-food sector – a suitable multidisciplinary preparation along the entire production chain, from cultivation to hospitality and retail, including logistics, trading and the industrial process.


Duration and credits:
Aimed at graduates in both the scientific-technological area and humanistic-social area from all over the world, the master’s degree is held from January to December through a blended model (via online as well as a residential period in Trieste at illycaffè headquarters). It is composed of 400 hours of lessons divided into 9 didactic modules. It is worth 60 university credits and the whole course is held in English.

Fee and financial aid: 
The enrollment fee is 15,000 euros. The Ernesto Illy Foundation offers financial aid to cover costs - partially or totally - to deserving young graduates from the main coffee-producing countries. For information on financial aid, please contact:


The period to apply for admission is from July through September. Those who are interested can send their curriculum vitae (Europass format – with photo) and their letter of motivation to:


For more information, please contact: