Note: Entry into the Medical Illustration Graduate Program occurs only in the Fall
Digital Portfolio Contents Form, Applicant Summary Form, Questionnaire and Instructions
1. The MIGP Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork and MIGP Applicant Summary Form must be sent directly to the Medical Illustration Graduate Program (January 10 deadline for receipt) at:
Medical Illustration Graduate Program
Dept. of Medical Illustration, CJ-1101
Augusta, GA 30912-0300
Note: These materials are reviewed only by the Medical Illustration Graduate Program Admissions Committee.
Note: Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.
Note: All required application materials and documents must be received in order for
an application to be considered complete and before an admission decision can be made.
Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.
Minimum Degree Requirement
Minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required for entry into the program. Transcripts for all degrees earned outside North America must be evaluated to demonstrate equivalence to a similar U.S. degree.
Official transcripts are required from all universities, colleges, or institutions ever attended that offer college credits. Only in the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities will an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.
Official transcripts should be sent electronically by the issuing institution’s Registrar to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions at email@example.com. Alternatively, a printed transcript may be mailed, however, all printed transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed, and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's Office of the issuing institution in order to be accepted as an official version. Mail printed transcripts to the Office of Academic Admissions, Augusta University, 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912.
Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts
An official, professional, course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Silny and WES are recommended. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents or copies will not fulfill this requirement.
Recommendations (which include a reference form and a letter of recommendation) from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals qualified to critically assess the applicant's prior academic (usually college professors), employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience (clinical or research supervisor/manager) and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicant's potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.
Graduate reference forms and letters of recommendation can be submitted online only. As part of the online application process, applicants provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals they have asked to serve as their referees. Once the online application is submitted, each referee will receive an email notification directing him/her to the online site where he/she can complete the reference form and upload his/her letter of recommendation. To change a referee after the application has been submitted, the applicant is instructed to log into his/her CollegeNet account and update the name and current email address for the referee.
Status updates of your referees' submissions will be provided to you directly from CollegeNet.
Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 900 (prior to August, 2011) or 295 (after August, 2011). Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required). All official GRE scores must be submitted to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
Note: GRE scores must be received by the Office of Academic Admissions by January 10 in order for an application to move forward.
Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based or 79 Internet-based. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to Augusta University is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.
All medical illustration graduate students at Augusta University will attend medical school; therefore, prerequisite training in the sciences is essential.
† A combined Human Anatomy & Physiology course with lab may be an acceptable substitute for the above two pre-requisites. Substitution is subject to review and approval by the Medical Illustration Graduate Program Admissions Committee.
†† Formal university courses are not required for applicants who have already earned baccalaureate degrees, though we strongly recommend them. Regardless of the applicant’s artistic background, life drawing, realistic drawing, painting and computer graphic skills are critical to a modern medical illustrator’s success, and so they are weighed very heavily in the application portfolio. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in all of these areas in the submitted portfolio.
In addition, any of the following courses are recommended but none are required:
All portfolios are evaluated the same, regardless of the applicant’s undergraduate major.
All prospective students must submit an Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork. We only accept digital portfolios. The portfolio must contain 12 pieces of original creative work. Artwork must be drawn from direct observation (not from photographic reference). The portfolio must include the following 12 specific pieces:
Note: Neatness and quality of presentation are considered.
For additional information and instructions about formatting and submitting the Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork, please download the Digital Portfolio Form and Instructions.
You may add up to 3 additional pieces (total of 15), if desired.
All prospective students must complete and submit the MIGP Applicant Summary Form and upload with your portfolio using the online submission instructions.
The Medical Illustration Graduate Program Admissions Committee will review all complete applications. If the preliminary evaluation is satisfactory, applicants may be invited for an in-person interview in the department with the Admissions Committee.
In-person Interviews are by invitation only, and the interview is required for admission. All interviews will be scheduled for February. Travel to and from Augusta, as well as hotel arrangements for the interview, are the responsibility of the applicant.
A formal portfolio review is part of the In-person Interview. The applicant must bring a portfolio of artwork that includes 15 -20 images, including the 12 required pieces for the Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork (see above). Also, bringing a sketchbook(s) to display is highly recommended. For the convenience of the applicant, photographs may be substituted for very large pieces or sculptures. All works must be tangible originals or prints; no digital presentations, eBooks or websites will be allowed.
The successful applicant will have:
• A GPA of 3.0 or higher. Note: In 2016, the average cumulative GPA among successful applicants was 3.66, with a range of 3.33 – 3.92.
• A minimum combined verbal and quantitative score on the GRE of 1000 or higher (prior to August, 2011) or 295 or higher (after August, 2011). Note: In 2016, the average combined GRE score among successful applicants was 309, with a range of 298 – 323.
*Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved by the Program Director and department Chairman, as well as by the Dean of The Graduate School. Substitutions and/or waivers are rarely granted, and then only extraordinary circumstances.
**While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.
***Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.
Formal application and application materials are submitted to and processed through the Augusta University Office of Academic Admissions. Programs will have access to applicants’ files and documents only after OAA has officially processed them into the system. Applicants can monitor receipt and processing of application documents using the online status check.
In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University from Fall 2011 forward will be required to provide validation of lawful presence in the United States. Acceptance to Augusta University is conditional until lawful presence is verified. ALL applicants who are U.S. citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to firstname.lastname@example.org.