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Respiratory Care

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Christopher Russian
Encino Hall, Room 350A

Advisor Support
Chris N. Williams
Encino Hall, Room 350A

Department of Respiratory Care
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The program, which is the second of its kind in Texas and the fourth in the U.S., offers practicing registered respiratory therapists the opportunity to study current and emerging knowledge in the evolving respiratory care discipline. Offering two concentrations, leadership and polysomnography, the program prepares respiratory therapists seeking career advancement opportunities in leadership roles as healthcare-based clinical educators and academic educators.

Degree Concentration Hours Thesis Option Minor Option
M.S.R.C. Leadership 36 Non-Thesis No minor
M.S.R.C. Polysomnography 36 Non-Thesis No minor

Online Availability
The majority of this program may be offered online. If you are not a Texas resident and will not relocate, please visit the Office of Distance and Extended Learning. International students, please visit the International Office regarding additional considerations in taking online courses.

Deadlines U.S. Citizen International
Fall June 15 June 1
Spring October 15 October 1
Summer I April 15 March 15
Summer II No Admission No Admission

Application Deadline
This program has a flexible deadline.

Funding Information
The deadlines to apply for certain types of funding may be earlier than the deadlines above.

Decision Timeline
This program reviews applications on a rolling basis after the priority deadline has passed.

Application Requirements

The items required for admission consideration are listed below. International applicants, please visit our international web pages for additional requirements.

ApplyTexas Application

  • completed online ApplyTexas application

  Review the instructions for submitting your ApplyTexas application.

Application Fee(s)

  • $40 nonrefundable application fee
  • $50 nonrefundable international evaluation fee (if applicable)

  Review the instructions for submitting your application fee(s).

Transcripts & GPA

  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (U.S. Citizens)
    • International applicants not eligible for the NBRC RRT credential must have a baccalaureate degree in Respiratory Care/Therapy
  • a copy of an official transcript from each four-year institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.75 GPA in your last 60 hours of undergraduate course work (plus any completed graduate courses)

  Review the instructions for submitting your transcripts. Official transcripts will be required if admission is granted. 

GRE Scores

  • GRE scores not required


  • proof of the RRT national credential administered through the NBRC (U.S. Citizens)
    • International students not eligible for the NBRC credential must complete their country’s credentialing exam, if one exists
  • resume/CV
  • statement of purpose indicating ability and interest in completing the degree program
  • three letters of recommendation from professionals or academics competent to assess your interest in pursuing a career or advancing in the field of study

  Review the instructions for using the Graduate Admissions Document Upload tool (GADU) to submit your documents. You will have access to GADU after you submit your ApplyTexas application and activate your Texas State NetID.


Applicants are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and
    • minimum individual module scores of 6.0

This program does not offer admission if the scores above are not met.

  Review the instructions for submitting your official test scores.