Application Fee (non-refundable): $55.00
Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.
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.
Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the Baccalaureate level calculated on all undergraduate work attempted in which letter grades were awarded.
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 in 2020 was 3.6.
A minimum science grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. For purposes of applying to the Medical Illustration Graduate Program, the science GPA is defined as all Anatomy, Biology, Physiology, and Zoology related courses. In addition, an applicant must earn at least a "3" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the science prerequisite courses of Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Human Physiology.
Meeting the minimum requirement is not a guarantee of interview or admission. Keep in mind the competitive nature of the program. The average cumulative Science GPA among successful applicants over the last 3 years was 3.44.
A Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirements, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show a degree earned that is the U.S. equivalency of Bachelor's degree or higher.
Official transcripts are required from ALL universities, colleges, and academic institutions (including museum schools) ever attended. 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 to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions.
Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official mailed transcripts in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the issuing institution and should be directed to:
The Office of Academic Admissions
1120 15th Street, Benet House
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: Educational Credential
Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., or World Education Services
(WES). Course-by-course transcript evaluations may also be accepted from a current
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, or NACES, member on a case-by-case
basis. Official transcript evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents
or copies will not fulfill this requirement.
Specific Ordering Instructions for ECE, Silny and WES
Letters of Recommendation (3)
Recommendations (which include a reference form and 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 must 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 you have completed the recommendation section within the application, each recommender will receive an email notification directing them to the online site where they can complete their recommendation.
Standardized Test Requirements
A minimum GRE score of 300 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative scores) is required. All scores must be official and 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: Official GRE scores must be received by the Office of Academic Admissions by midnight
January 10 in order for an application to move forward.
Meeting the minimum requirement is not a guarantee of admission or interview. Keep in mind the competitive nature of the program. Over the last 3 years, the average combined GRE score among successful applicants was 306.
English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)
English proficiency exam scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. Augusta University will accept official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test (IELTS) exam scores. Official exam scores must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code.
TOEFL Minimum Overall Score: 79 internet based or 213 computer based
IELTS Minimum Overall Band Score: 6.5
An English proficiency exam is not required for graduate applicants who submit proof of earning a Baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university.
Please visit the International Student webpage for more information.
Science 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.
Fine Art - There are no specific are courses required; however, we strongly recommend the following:
Digital portfolios must be submitted online following instructions posted on the department website. The portfolio must be received by midnight January 10. The portfolio must contain 20 pieces of original creative work. Seventeen required works are listed below. Specific information about how to submit the portfolio and the contents of the Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork can be found below and on the department website http://www.augusta.edu/medart All artwork must be drawn from direct observation (not from photographic or video reference unless the photograph is taken by the applicant). Figure studies should not be from a photograph or video.
The portfolio must include the following 17 required pieces:
Specific information about how to submit the portfolio and the contents of the Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork can be found below and on the department website (http://www.augusta.edu/medart).
Interview and Formal Portfolio Review with 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 interview with the Admissions Committee in the department. While an in-person visit to the department is best for all concerned, interviews can by 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.
Overall GPA Calculation
Once all official transcripts and/or transcript evaluations have been received by the Office of Academic Admissions, overall undergraduate and/or graduate GPA's will be calculated on all work attempted in which letter grades were awarded by using the Georgia Board of Regent's standards for GPA calculations. The AU calculation of overall GPA's will be used to determine if the minimum GPA requirements of your program are met. Meeting minimum GPA requirements is not an indication of acceptance into the program.
The program/academic college for which you are applying will review your application and supporting documents. Interviews will be scheduled and considered, as applicable to individual programs. Taken together, the whole of your application should demonstrate substantial preparation for graduate study in the field for which you are seeking admittance.
Upon recommendation of the program/academic college, 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.
Proof of Lawful Presence
According to Policy 4.3.4 of the University System of Georgia, any student requesting to pay at the in-state tuition rate will be required to provide verification of their lawful presence in the United States in order to be classified as an in-state student or awarded an out-of-state tuition waiver.
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. For more information, please email or visit the Testing & Disability Services website.
While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with The Graduate School for recent updates.
Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of The Graduate School.
Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.