Note: Entry into the Medical Illustration Graduate Program (MIGP) occurs only in the Fall semester. 

Admission Requirements

MIGP Portfolio Application Form (includes Applicant Summary, Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork Form, Applicant Digital Portfolio Requirements and Instructions, and Applicant Questionnaire).

Application Deadlines

  • Part 1 - Department: January 10 (Fall Entry), MIGP Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork—Portfolio must be submitted directly to the Medical Illustration Graduate Program online through Submit artwork with the MIGP Portfolio Application form. It must be received by January 10. Specific information about instruction for submission and the contents of the Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork can be found below and in the MIGP Portfolio Application form.
  • Part 2 - University: January 10 (Fall entry), Online Application for Graduate Programs Deadline—All applicants must complete an Online Application for Graduate Programs and submit all required application materials to the Office of Academic Admissions by January 10. Apply online.
    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. 
  • Part 3 - In-person Department Interviews: February 1 – 28 (Fall entry), The MIGP Admissions Committee will review all complete applications, and those applicants who meet or exceed the minimum requirements for program entry may be invited for an in-person Interview. Only complete applications will be considered. An in-person Interview is required for admission.


Minimum overall or cumulative 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

Official transcripts are required from all universities, colleges, or institutions ever attended that offer college credits. This includes any transient courses, joint enrollment, and/or transfer work. Please refer to the next section for information about transcripts from international colleges/universities.

Official transcripts should be sent electronically by the issuing institution’s Registrar directly to Augusta University’s Office of Academic Admissions at Alternatively, a printed transcript may be mailed; however, all printed transcripts must remain in the original, sealed (unopened), 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:
     Office of Academic Admissions
     Augusta University
     1120 15th Street
     Augusta, GA 30912 USA

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.

Transfer & Advanced Placement Policy

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:

  • All application prerequisites and conditions for admission to the MIGP must be met prior to matriculation.
  • Entry into the MIGP occurs only in the Fall semester.
  • The MIGP is fully accredited and adheres to the curricular standards and guidelines for accreditation of graduate programs in medical illustration.
  • The MIGP has an integrated curriculum which uniquely blends the science courses with the medical illustration courses, thus transfer credits are typically not equivalent to our courses.
  • In addition, the MIGP curriculum features a linear design, and all MIGP courses must be taken in order and in sequence.
  • All MIGP courses have prerequisites that must be fully satisfied prior to course registration.
  • In consideration of the above, the MIGP does not accept transfer credit toward degree requirements.

References & Recommendations

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.

GRE Requirement

Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 900 (prior to August, 2011) or 295 (after August, 2011). Official Graduate Record Exam (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.

TOEFL Requirement

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.

Program Specific Requirements

All medical illustration graduate students at Augusta University will attend medical school; therefore, prerequisite training in the sciences is essential.


Pre-requisite Courses

A. Sciences:

  1. Comparative Vertebrate Anatomyor Vertebrate Morphologywith student dissections of a mammal (for example, a cat, rabbit or piglet), with a grade of "B" or better;
  2. Human Physiology;

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.

B. Art:

  1. Life Drawing from a nude model, including advanced-level courses;††
  2. Advanced courses in realistic drawing or painting from observation; and,††
  3. Computer graphics, including Photoshop ® and Illustrator ® or equivalent are required. Additional digital media courses are strongly recommended.††

 †† 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.

Recommended Courses

In addition, any of the following courses are recommended but none are required:

  • Sciences: Histology, Embryology, Invertebrate Anatomy, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Basic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry
  • Art: Animation, Architectural Drawing, Cinematography, Color Theory, Drafting, Design (Graphic, Interface, Media, Set/Stage, 2D, 3D, Type, Web, etc.), Media Arts, Sculpture, Photography, Perspective, Print Making (Engraving, Intaglio, Lithography, Serigraphy, etc.), Technical Drawing, Time Arts, Typography, Videography.

All portfolios are evaluated the same, regardless of the applicant’s undergraduate major. 

MIGP Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork

All prospective students must submit an Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork. We only accept digital portfolios. The portfolio must contain a minimum of 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:

  • Three life drawings, including at least two long poses (3 hours or more)
  • Two drawings of hands (life-size, tonal studies preferred)
  • Three realistic still life studies in full color
  • One vector-based computer graphic image (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, etc.)
  • One raster-based computer graphic image (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter, etc.)
  • Two additional examples of realistic drawing or painting

Samples from portfolios of successful applicants

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 MIGP Portfolio Application form.

You may add up to 3 additional pieces (total of 15), if desired.

In-person Interview and Formal Portfolio Review with the Program Faculty

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.

Admission Recommendations

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.

Application Process

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