Welcome from the Graduate Program Director

Rishi Sriram, PhD Program DirectorThank you for your interest in Baylor School of Education’s PhD in Higher Education Studies & Leadership. We are actively recruiting applicants for the fall. Please take a moment to look through our website and send the link to anyone you feel might benefit from it.

The Baylor program is designed to educate scholars and scholar-practitioners who desire to have an impact through a career in higher education. Our program is uniquely balanced between research, academic rigor, and hands-on professional experience. Students entering our program can expect to be professionally challenged through their apprenticeships and academically challenged throughout the course sequence.

Our program is small and built on the idea that a great doctoral education stems from great mentorship. Our program provides support, camaraderie, and debate as students come together from across the nation, representing a great diversity of regional and cultural worldviews. Students selected to attend Baylor’s program are provided a complete tuition scholarship and a graduate apprentice position with a competitive stipend.

Higher education needs leaders who are thoughtful, reflective, and capable of leading forward through scholarship and practice. We hope you will join us in that quest.


Rishi Sriram, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director
Higher Education & Student Affairs