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Quick facts

  • Program type: Master’s degree
  • Academic home: School of Health Professions | Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 30
  • Estimated program cost: $15,409.50*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online master’s in respiratory therapy can help you

The online master’s in clinical and diagnostic sciences with an emphasis in respiratory therapy program is designed for practicing clinicians. With a blend of interprofessional classes and discipline-specific classes, the program prepares graduates for effective leadership in interprofessional workplace environments.

Students who pursue the online master’s in clinical and diagnostic sciences with an emphasis in respiratory therapy will be prepared to:

  • Teach online courses for entry into professional practice educational programs and online bachelor’s degree advancement programs in respiratory therapy;
  • Lead interprofessional teams of clinicians in the hospital/clinic setting;
  • Take on a nonclinical role in sales, marketing, product or customer support.

Career prospects

Job growth
Average salary

Source: Burning Glass Technologies. 2020. Employment growth numbers are based on models that consider Bureau of Labor Statistics data for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist, Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician, Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist, Radiologic Technology/Science – Radiographer, Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist.

Potential careers

  • Clinical educator
  • Team leader
  • Assistant clinical professor
  • Clinical specialist

Program structure and topics

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically complete part-time study plans in two years.

The master’s in respiratory therapy is a customizable interdisciplinary program that allows you to craft a degree that suits your specific educational needs and career goals.

  • Start with core clinical foundation courses designed to introduce students to graduate-level concepts;
  • Choose a leadership graduate certificate offered by the School of Health Professions or by a partner MU school or college to achieve a high level of depth in an area of your interest;
  • Take respiratory emphasis area electives to further your knowledge in your profession.

Meet our faculty


Program Director, Clinical Professor

Dr. Moss is the program director for the online MHS program, and a clinical professor in the School of Health Professions. Her research interests include academic credentialing and oxygen therapy. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Moss was a registered respiratory therapist at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Monica Schibig, MA, RRT, RRT-NPS, CPFT

Associate Clinical Professor

Schibig is the director of the online respiratory therapy bachelor’s program and an associate clinical professor in the School of Health Professions. Before becoming an educator, Schibig was a registered respiratory therapist at multiple hospitals, including Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences.