ENTRY TERM: Fall 2023

Application Fee (non-refundable): $55.00


Early submission of all application materials is strongly advised.


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


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.

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Program Overview

Admission Requirements

Minimum overall GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale at the Baccalaureate level calculated on all undergraduate work attempted in which letter grades were awarded.

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university. To be used to satisfy degree requirement, evaluation of foreign educational transcripts must show degree(s) earned that are the U.S. equivalency of degree(s) required by the program.

  • Applicants can submit unofficial domestic (US) transcripts up until May 1, 2023 to be considered for an admission decision for the Fall 2023 semester.
  • IF ALL application documents required by your program are not received by May 1, 2023 then official transcripts and all missing application documents must be submitted by the program’s standard application deadline to be considered for application review and an admission decision after May 1.
  • Applicants can monitor the receipt of their application materials by logging into their application portal.
  • Applicants who are offered acceptance based on unofficial transcripts must submit their official transcripts no later than August 1, 2023 for the Fall 2023 semester.
  • If official transcripts are not received by August 1, 2023 then enrollment will not be allowed for Fall 2023 and the acceptance will be deferred to a future term or withdrawn.

Additional Information and Important Directions for Submission of Unofficial Transcripts

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. In the case of transcripts from international colleges/universities, an official course-by-course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be emailed from the issuing institution to Augusta University's Office of Academic Admissions at graduateadmissions@augusta.edu

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:

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

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

  • If ordering from ECE, please select "Augusta University - Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions" as the institution delivery.
  • If ordering from Silny, please complete the required PDF ordering form per their webpage. In the Method of Delivery section, please write the following, "Augusta University - Office of Academic Admissions email to graduateadmissions@augusta.edu.
  • If ordering from WES, please select the following, "Augusta University" as the recipient, "Office of Academic Admissions" as the school/division,  "Standard Delivery" as the delivery method. 

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.

An official MCAT, DAT or GRE score is required for admission.

A minimum MCAT score of 496 (24th percentile) is required. 

A minimum DAT score of 15 (24th percentile) is required.

A minimum GRE score of 290 total (combined Verbal and Quantitative scores) is required. There is not a minimum score for the analytical (writing) section; however, competitive applicants will have a minimum score of 3.0. 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. 

Other standardized graduate or professional school tests will be considered.

English proficiency exam scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English and who do not qualify for an English proficiency exam waiver per the criteria listed below. 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

English Proficiency Exam Waiver Criteria: An English proficiency exam will be waived for applicants to graduate programs who:

  • submit proof of earning a Baccalaureate, Master’s or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university. The requirement will be waived upon receipt of the official transcript showing proof of degree
  • are citizens of countries on the approved waiver list

Please visit the International Student webpage for more information.

Program Specific Requirements and Information

Biology - One academic year of General Biology or Zoology with lab (2 semesters).
If a student places out of general biology using AP credit and chooses to use the AP credit and not take a general biology course in college, they must substitute one academic year of advanced Biology courses. Students must complete the laboratory requirement in college.

Chemistry - Two academic years of Chemistry during college, with at least 2 semesters of lab. Of the two years, one semester must be Organic Chemistry and one semester must be Biochemistry.
If a student places out of general chemistry using AP credit and chooses to use the AP credit and not take a general chemistry course in college, they must substitute advanced chemistry courses. Students must complete the laboratory requirement in college.

Physics One academic year of Physics with 2 semesters of lab.
AP credit may be used to place out of this requirement.

English One academic year of English.
English, English-based Composition, Writing, Literature, or Communication are acceptable; Humanities courses may be used to meet one semester of this requirement. AP credit may be used to place out of this requirement.

Statistics One semester of Probability, Statistics, Biostatistics, or equivalent.
Statistics, Probability or Biostatistics courses that have a STAT or MATH course number will automatically meet this requirement. Other courses that have a different prefix must be approved as equivalent by the undergraduate institution where the course was taken through the Pre-Med or Pre-Health advisor. If such an advisor is not available, the approval may be granted by any Math or Science chair at the institution. AP credit may be used to place out of this requirement.

Notes Regarding Prerequisites One academic year is equal to two semesters, three quarters, or one semester and two quarters.
*All required courses should be taken on a graduating grading scale (e.g. A,B,C,D,F) when possible. A pass/fail system should not be used.
*Where permitted above, Advanced Placement (AP) credits may be used if they are accepted by the college/university that the applicant attended, and the credits appear on the official transcript.
*Online credit acceptable for non-science coursework (English & Statistics) on the basis that the coursework was completed at a regionally accredited institution, and the coursework appears on the official transcript.
*Students must have completed, or be enrolled in, all prerequisite courses by January of the planned matriculation year. Special permission may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the program to complete the courses in a spring or summer semester, ending no later than July of the planned matriculation year.

Preference to Georgia residents


General Information

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.

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.

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.