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SSRC maintains this section to support the next generation of self-sufficiency scholars and professionals by:

  • Helping current and prospective graduate students explore learning opportunities that will lead them to their career of choice in the self-sufficiency field; and 
  • Helping professors and instructors find and exchange relevant course supplements, course syllabi, and other materials that will enrich students’ ability to apply theories to real world settings.
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The Students' Corner is designed to help prospective graduate students explore learning opportunities, ask the important questions, and evaluate the merits of respective graduate programs relevant to the self-sufficiency field.
Top 3 Benefits of Using the SSRC Library:
  1. We do the first search for you. Starting a paper – whether a short assignment or beginning work on a thesis or dissertation – can be a challenge in finding what quality resources to start looking at. SSRC Selections are a list of pre-curated resources around different topics with links to finding each resource (many times with full text) in our Library. Citation assistance is coming soon so you can download what you want, in the format you want!
  2. Key resource information right up front. Each resource in the SSRC Library highlights key information on the search results page – including research methodology, target population, key topic areas, geographic focus, reference type, and source. Bonus: You can also filter your results by these categories as you set up your search parameters. 
  3. Export your resources. As you find resources that you want to use or revisit, you can easily export your list into citation software or APA format directly from the SSRC Library.

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The self-sufficiency field is interdisciplinary; university degrees are typically awarded in a humanities field such as education, economics, environmental studies, global development, health, political science, public administration, public policy, psychology, social work, sociology, or urban planning. People who perform research, policy analysis, public management, or training in this field often have a master’s or doctorate degree.

Some universities have centers or programs that provide research, evaluation, training, or other supports to communities and direct service providers. These University centers often have student work (volunteer or paid) opportunities.

The SSRC does not recommend or rank graduate programs. One source for rankings is U.S. News and World Report.


Professors and Instructors: find relevant course supplements, course syllabi, and other materials here to enrich students’ ability to apply theories to real world settings. 
What did we miss? Please share your reading lists, case studies, or tailored course syllabi by emailing a copy of the material or a hyperlink to us at  We can deposit them in our growing library or link back to your university site from this page.
Anna Gassman-Pines, SSRC Emerging Scholar 2014

Lenna Nepomnyaschy, SSRC Emerging Scholar 2012

  • Institute for Research on Poverty’s Poverty Related Course Syllabi
  • Search the SSRC Library for high-quality research and other resources