Augusta University offers two incredible programs which allows outstanding students the opportunity to achieve their BS and Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree in only seven years.

In their first three years, students pursue the BS in Cell & Molecular Biology through the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science and Mathematics. Then, they begin a four-year program in medicine or dentistry through either the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) or the Dental College of Georgia (DCG)*.

Students accepted into these programs will take classes together as a cohort and participate in special opportunities for volunteering, clinical exposure, research, and more.  They will experience a very robust curriculum which exceeds the basic preparatory requirements of the MD & DMD programs, and as a result, they will be prepared well to excel at the next level. 

*Courses taken in the first year of the student’s respective program will be used to satisfy any remaining course requirements needed to complete the BS degree.

FAQs

Program Eligibility

Students must be in their senior year of high school and applying to AU as an incoming first time freshman applicant. Students must be either a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. with a valid, Permanent Resident Card to be offered acceptance. Preference is given to GA residents.

The primary undergraduate admissions application must be submitted by the Early Action Deadline.

Medical Scholars Program (BS-MD)

GPA Minimum

3.7*

**GPA is recalculated by the Office of Academic Admissions following the University System of Georgia’s Freshman Admission Requirements and Required High School Curriculum. This recalculation uses an unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Test Score Minimum

Student must fulfill one of following test requirements.

SAT
1450 EBRW* + Math
*Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Test scores can be superscored

ACT
32 Composite

Dental Scholars Program (BS-DMD)

GPA Minimum

3.7*

*GPA is recalculated by the Office of Academic Admissions following the University System of Georgia’s Freshman Admission Requirements and Required High School Curriculum. This recalculation uses an unweighted GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Test Score Minimum

Student must fulfill one of following test requirements.

SAT
1360 EBRW* + Math
*Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Test scores can be superscored

ACT
30 Composite
Admissions Timeline

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Aug

August 1

Admissions application opens. Program Supplemental Application Opens in Applicant's Admission Portal. Only students who have been verified as meeting the program minimum requirements will be invited to complete the supplemental application.

31

Oct

October 31

Early action deadline

11

Dec

December 11

Program Supplemental Application and Letter of Recommendation submission deadline

01

Feb

February 1

AU Institutional Scholarship Deadline

01

Apr

April 1

Professional Scholars decisions released

01

May

May 1

Enrollment and Professional Scholars Confirmation Deadline

*Dates may be subject to change

Admissions Application Process

To apply for one of the Professional Scholars Programs, the following must be sent to the Augusta University Office of Academic Admissions:

The Undergraduate application via CommonApp is used for students applying to a Professional Scholars Program. The primary undergraduate admissions application must be submitted by the Early Action Deadline.

It is recommended that students select Cell & Molecular Biology as their intended major. There is not a way to indicate Professional Scholars Program in CommonApp.

All high school and college transcripts should be sent electronically using an official service such as GAFutures, Parchment, National Clearinghouse, etc.

Transcripts can also be mailed to:

Augusta University
Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet
Augusta, GA 30912

Official score reports are those sent directly to Augusta University from the testing agency. Scores should be received prior to the appropriate application deadline. The following are the Institutional Codes for Augusta University:

SAT/AP/CLEP:  5406
ACT: 0836

Students wishing to take a course with a prerequisite requirement will need to submit official AP/IB exam score reports prior to registration.

Students who meet the basic eligibility requirements will be invited to complete a supplemental application for their program of choice. Access to the program’s supplemental application is accessible only through the student’s AU admission’s portal.

Students can apply to only one Professional Scholars Program.

Students must submit one letter of recommendation or support to accompany their supplemental application. The letter of recommendation must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions via the student’s AU admission’s portal by utilizing the recommender request feature of the supplemental application.

Recommendation letters submitted as part of the student’s general admissions application will not be considered during the review process for the Professional Scholars Program.

Undergraduate Program & Curriculum Requirements

Due to the nature of the curriculum, all courses are to be taken during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Students enrolled in the Professional Scholars Program do not have the option to take courses out of sequence, repeat courses, or take courses at another institution during the summer.  

During their first three years of the program, students must meet the following program specific criteria to matriculate into MCG or DCG:

BS-MD

Students must be either a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. with a valid, Permanent Resident Card to be offered acceptance. Preference is given to GA residents.

  • Maintain a cumulative and science + math GPA of 3.5, 3.6, and 3.7 at the end of the first, second, and third year respectively
  • Complete a minimum 75 hours of clinical shadowing hours and 50 hours of volunteer clinical service by October 1 of the third year (more clinical and service hours are highly encouraged)
  • Demonstrate evidence of community service and or leadership
  • Achieve a minimum score of no less than the prior year’s national mean for medical school matriculants on the MCAT. The MCAT must be taken no later than the second Saturday in September of the third year.

 

Students meeting these criteria will apply to MCG through AMCAS as a designated combined BS-MD student and are required to complete MCG’s multiple mini-interview by December 1 of the MD application year. 

BS-DMD

Students must be either a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. with a valid, Permanent Resident Card to be offered acceptance. Preference is given to GA residents.

  • Maintain a cumulative and science + math GPA of 3.6 at the end of each of the first three years
  • Successful completion of interviews following both the first and third years of study
  • Complete of a minimum of 75 hours of shadowing clinical service in a dental facility and 50 hours of volunteer clinical service by October 1 of the third year
  • Complete one semester of undergraduate research under the direction of an AU faculty member
  • Demonstrate evidence of community service/leadership and achievement of Academic, Perceptual Ability
  • Achieve a minimum score of no less than the average of the previously accepted DMD class on the DAT.

 

Students meeting these criteria will apply to DCG through ADEA AADSAS and must document the above requirements on their application.

 

Professional Scholars Program Information