The paper reports an analytical study on the design overstrength of steel eccentrically braced frames (EBFs). The study aimed at examining the influence of geometrical factors and seismic hazard on the design overstrength of EBFs. Pursuant to this goal a computer program which facilitates EBF designs was developed. The algorithm of the program adopts the lightest uniform frame design and library of link-beam-brace sub-assemblages concepts. The design output from the program was compared with published solutions and the results indicate that the algorithm developed as a part of this study is capable of providing lighter framing solutions. A parametric study was conducted using the developed computer program. The results indicate that the frames considered in this study have on average higher overstrength values when compared with the codified value even without considering potential increases due to material overstrength and strain hardening. The design overstrength was found to be influenced primarily by the link length to bay width ratio and the bay width, and secondarily by the building height and seismic hazard level.