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Hi everyone! I am an Australian undergraduate student majoring in Economics and Mathematics. At the end of my degree I am hoping to do an Economics PhD at a highly-ranked American or British university. Next semester I have to choose one of the following two maths units, and I was wondering which you would recommend: ' MATH2968 - Algebra (advanced) MATH2065 - Introduction to Partial Differential Equations ' The PDEs course is aimed primarily at engineering students and I have gotten the impression that PDEs are fairly unimportant outside of finance. The content of the algebra course is even less relevant to economics, but the course looks really interesting and would give me some practice writing proofs, so I am leaning towards algebra The websites of various American universities state that differential equations is recommended for students considering a PhD. I am already familiar with the basics of ODEs from a first year course called "Integral Calculus and Modelling" and I can teach myself the relevant content in the holidays, so I am not worried about my understanding. I am however worried that not having a differential equations course on my transcript may reduce my chances of getting accepted into a top program. Will adcoms look down on my application if I have not taken differential equations? Which course would you recommend taking? Thanks!