Note: Entry into the Medical Illustration Graduate Program (MIGP) occurs only in the Fall semester, which starts in mid-August.
The Medical Illustration Graduate Program within the College of Allied Health Sciences at Augusta University is one of only three such programs in the country. Completion of the twenty-one-month curriculum in Medical Illustration results in a Master of Science in Medical Illustration degree granted through the College of Graduate Studies. Augusta University is part of the University System of Georgia. Please visit our Program page for further information. You may also want to visit our FAQ page.
A minimum overall or cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Meeting the minimum requirement is not a guarantee of interview or admission. Please keep in mind the competitive nature of the program—we can only accept nine students per year. The average cumulative GPA among successful applicants over the last 3 years was 3.6.
A minimum science course GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. For the purposes of applying to the Medical Illustration Graduate Program, the science GPA is defined as including all Anatomy, Biology, Physiology, and Zoology related courses. Meeting the minimum requirement is not a guarantee of interview or admission. Keep in mind the competitive nature of the program. The average cumulative GPA among successful applicants over the last 3 years was 3.4
In addition, an applicant must earn at least a "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the science prerequisite courses of Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Human Physiology.
A minimum of a Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university is required for entry into the program. To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign transcripts must show a degree earned that is the U.S. equivalency of a Bachelor's degree or higher.
Official transcripts are required from ALL universities, colleges, and/or academic
institutions (including museum schools) ever attended. This includes any transient
courses, joint enrollment, and/or transfer 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 directly to email@example.com. Alternatively, a printed transcript may be mailed; however, to remain official,
all printed transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed, and stamped/signed
envelope from the Registrar's Office of the issuing institution. Mail printed transcripts
Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912 USA
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.
Regarding transfer of course credits and advanced placement from another university towards a degree program at Augusta University (AU), the Dept. of Medical Illustration and the Medical Illustration Graduate Program (MIGP) adhere to the regulations set forth by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the policies established by AU. In addition, we also follow the transfer credit policies of The Graduate School. The Dept. of Medical Illustration and the MIGP have the following specific policies concerning admissions and course registration:
Recommendations (which include both completion of the 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.
Recommendations can be submitted online only. Within the application, you will provide the names and current email addresses for three individuals you have asked to serve as your recommenders. Once your application is submitted, each recommender will receive an email notification directing them to the online site where they can complete their recommendation. To change a recommender after the application has been submitted, log into your ApplyWeb (CollegeNet) account and make updates. Status updates of your recommenders' submissions will be provided to you directly from ApplyWeb (CollegeNet).
As of August 1, 2023, the GRE is no longer required. For students who would like your GRE to be considered, please submit GRE Scores as part of your application.
Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. More detailed information about required minimum scores can be found at the Office of Admissions, International. 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.
Undergraduate coursework must include the following:
* 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.
There are no specific art courses required; however, we strongly recommend the following:
†† 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 applicants must submit a digital portfolio of original creative work. The Applicant Digital Portfolio (ADP) must be submitted online following the instructions for the MIGP Applicant Digital Portfolio. The ADP must be submitted as a PowerPoint, using the MIGP PowerPoint Template. The ADP must be received by midnight on January 10. The portfolio must contain 20 pieces of original creative work. Specific required works are listed below. All artwork must be drawn from direct observation (not from photographic or video reference unless the photo or video was taken by the applicant).
Applicants to the Augusta University Medical Illustration Graduate Program should not use visual AI tools or photographs taken by others to create their portfolio pieces. The portfolio submitted should represent work that the applicants themselves have created. Using AI-generated content or photos taken by someone else would make it hard to attribute the work authentically to the applicants. So, portfolio pieces created using these tools are not accepted.
The portfolio must include the following 20 pieces:
Download the instructions for the MIGP Applicant Digital Portfolio
Download the MIGP PowerPoint Template for the Applicant Digital Portfolio. Note: All applicants must use this template.
The Medical Illustration Graduate Program Admissions Committee will review all complete applications. If the preliminary evaluation is satisfactory, applicants may be invited for an interview with the Admissions Committee in the department. While an in-person visit to the department is best for all concerned, interviews can be conducted online. Interviews are by invitation only, and successful completion of the interview is required for admission. All interviews will be scheduled for January or February, or occasionally in March. 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 20 images, including the 17 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 cumulative GPA of greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
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 300 or higher.
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 under 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 year are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the year to which they are deferred.
Proof of Lawful Presence
In accordance with Board of Regents Policy 4.1.6, all applicants for admission to Augusta University are 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 US Citizens must submit documentation that verifies his/her lawful presence in the United States at time of application to the Office of Admissions.
Testing and Disability Services
The Office of Disability Services provides a variety of services and accommodations to meet the needs of disability related concerns in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act – Amended Act (2008), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Board of Regents' policies. Accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an Individual basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
For additional information about the program, admissions and related topics, please visit our FAQ page.
The Medical Illustration Graduate Program will review your application and supporting documents. Interviews will be scheduled and considered by the program. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate study in the field of medical illustration.
Upon recommendation of the Medical Illustration Graduate Program, The Graduate School will review your credentials and applicant profile and make a formal, official decision for your admittance. Official notice of your admission can only come from the Dean of The Graduate School via notification from Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions.