Master of Science in Medical Illustration

MS In Medical Illustration

Application Deadlines (Fall 2020 entry):

Fall Entry
January 10, 2020

Application Fee (non-refundable):  $55


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.

- Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will only be considered on a space-available basis.

Medical Illustration Admission Requirements
(Fall 2020 Entry Term)

All prospective students must complete and submit the MIGP Applicant Summary Form. Please download the form and instructions from the department website The department’s 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. Interviews will take place from February 1–28.

A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 a 4.0 scale. The average cumulative GPA among successful applicants in 2016 was 3.66.

Degree Requirement
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 degree earned that is the U.S. equivalency of degree required by the program.

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges 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.
To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar's office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, Augusta University will accept official electronic transcripts from the registrar's office at your prior institution. Electronic transcripts should be directed to  

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.  

Letters of Recommendation
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 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).

Standardized Test Requirements
A minimum GRE score of 295 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. In 2016 the average combined GRE score among successful applicants was 309.  

TOEFL Requirements
(if applicable)
The official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English.  The TOEFL exam must be taken within 2 years of the date of application. The Augusta University institution code for submission of TOEFL scores is 5406. Please do not select a department code. The minimum scores are:
 - 213 computer-based
 - 79 internet-based
- 550 paper-based (PBT; prior to October 2017)
- No minimum for the revised paper-delivered test (PDT; October 2017 and later)  

Program Specific Requirements

Prerequisite Coursework
Undergraduate coursework and submitted art must include the following:

- Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy* or Vertebrate Morphology* with student dissections of a mammal (for example, a cat, rabbit or piglet), with a grade of "B" or better;

- 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.

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

Portfolio Requirements
Digital portfolios must be submitted online to a Box drive following instructions posted. It must be received by January 10. The portfolio must contain 12 - 20 pieces of original creative work. 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 All artwork must be drawn from direct observation (not from photographic reference). The portfolio must include the following 12 required 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
- Portfolio must be submitted online to a Box drive following instructions posted. It must be received by January 10.  

MIGP Applicant Digital Portfolio of Artwork
 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 (   

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. 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 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.

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. 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.