Respiratory Care, M.S.

30 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall & Summer
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Are you a dedicated respiratory therapist ready to take your career to the next level? The UNC Charlotte Master of Science in Respiratory Science (MSRC) program is designed specifically for you. This 100% online, 30-credit program equips you with the advanced knowledge and skills to thrive in an evolving healthcare landscape.

Program Highlights:

  • Advance your expertise: Gain in-depth knowledge in leadership, evidence-based practice, research, and disease management.
  • Develop leadership skills: Prepare for roles in clinical leadership, educational leadership, and more.
  • Stay relevant: Keep pace with the growing demands of your field, including complex patient care and inter-professional collaboration.
  • Meet industry standards: Equip yourself for the future of respiratory therapy, aligning with the American Association of Respiratory Care's vision.

Why Choose UNC Charlotte's MSRC Program?

The UNC Charlotte M.S. in Respiratory Therapy program includes benefits such as:

  • Developed by experienced respiratory therapists: Learn from faculty who understand your challenges and aspirations.
  • Tailored to working professionals: Benefit from flexible online learning and a supportive community.
  • Rigorous curriculum: Gain the knowledge and skills you need to excel in your chosen career path.

lnvesting In Your Future:

A Master's degree can significantly enhance your career prospects. Graduates of UNC Charlotte’s MSRC program are employed as Directors of Respiratory Therapy and Respiratory Therapy Supervisors.

Respiratory care practitioners, managers, supervisors and directors can expect strong job growth and increased compensation. According to, the annual median salary for respiratory care managers in North Carolina is $98,439. The average median salary for respiratory care directors in North Carolina is $115,055.

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Priority Application Deadline: 

  • July 15 (fall)
  • May 1 (summer)

Admissions & Requirements: 

Admission requirements for acceptance include the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy, related science, or social science from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).  If an applicant has earned or attempted a post-baccalaureate degree (i.e. a master’s, doctoral or other), grades in that program will also be taken into consideration.
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (achieving and maintaining the RRT Credential offered by the National Board of Respiratory Care).
  • Current state license to practice Respiratory Therapy.
  • Professional experience consisting of at least 2 years of clinical Respiratory Therapy practice.
  • Current Resume.
  • Written statement of purpose (500-1000 words) describing the applicant’s educational goals and expectations of the program.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals with academic or professional knowledge of the applicant’s capabilities are required.
  • Complete and submit an application via the Graduate Schools admission System.

  • RESP 5101: Health Outcomes and Quality Assessment (3)
  • RESP 6101: Respiratory Care Leadership (3)
  • RESP 6104: Health Policy, Law & Ethics in the Health Professions (3)
  • RESP 6105: Pulmonary Function Testing & Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (3)
  • RESP 6106: Mechanical Ventilation Application & Monitoring (3)
  • RESP 6110: Cardiopulmonary Disease Management (3)
  • RESP 6111: Patient-Centered Care in Cardiopulmonary Disease (3)
  • RESP 6115: Research Methods for Respiratory Care (3)
  • RESP 6804: Respiratory Care Capstone (3)
  • RESP 6601: Emerging Issues in Respiratory Care Seminar (3)
  • OR NURS 6282: Interprofessional Collaboration in Healthcare (3)

Total: 30 credit hours


*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $288.82 per credit hour

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour

Find more information regarding tuition and fees here ».