Dominican Center at Marywood

Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction (D.Min.) 
Dominican Center at Marywood is under the direction of Sister Diane Zerfas, O.P., and offers a three-phase certification program in spiritual formation, applicable to the degree of Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in Spiritual Direction. Within this Spiritual Formation program, phase one concentrates on the foundations of spirituality, phase two concentrates on practicum, and phase three concentrates on spiritual companioning.
The Spiritual Direction program through the Dominican Center at Marywood fulfills four of the 10 required Units of Study for the D.Min. in Spiritual Direction through the GTF. Students must then complete six required courses through the GTF, complete a Research Methodology writing assignment and develop a doctoral project for submission to the GTF, or attend a residential institute to fulfill the Non-Project Option.  
Two Required Courses
All students are required to take two courses directly from the GTF. These two courses are a Research Methodology course, and a second course of the student’s choice from any of the GTF’s online, distance, or residential offerings. 
Research Methodology is a required course for all students completing an exit project. Students completing the Non-Project Option in lieu of the exit project must either complete the Research Methodology course or an alternate course from the GTF’s online, distance, or residential course offerings. The Research Methodology course requirement is explained here.
The Study Options button on the GTF website under the heading Academics lists the course offerings of the GTF and provides information about the various methods of earning Units of Study for your degree.
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)   $16,140
Tuition reflects administrative degree program costs charged by the GTF.  Program costs charged by the PRIME institution are separate and additional, and must be paid directly to the PRIME institution. 
Please contact the Bursar of the Graduate Theological Foundation for information about tuition for this degree.
Please contact the PRIME institution for information about program costs. 
Please see the tuition section of the D.Min. program description page for information regarding tuition policies, payment schedules, and payment plan options.
For more information, please contact:
Sisiter Diane Zerfas, O.P.
Dominican Center at Marywood
2025 East Fulton Street
Grand Rapids MI 49503
Tel: (616) 643-0137
Fax: (616) 454-2861