The rituals are designed around the symbolic story of the building of a temple and a new mason goes through three degrees and three different parts of the temple. To a Freemason, the temple is his own character; the designs are the virtuous and moral lessons sacred to his own religion, and the architect is the Grand Architect of the Universe. The three degrees are as follows.
- The Entered Apprentice: First Degree
- The Fellow Craft: Second Degree
- The Master Mason: Third and Last Degree
Is there no degree higher than the 3rd? Though there is no degree higher than Master Mason in a Masonic Lodge, you've probably heard of 32° or 33° Masons. They exists, but not in Masonic lodge. There are appendant groups like Scottish Rite and York Rite that have higher degree numbers, but they don't "outrank" a Master Mason, nor are they any more important than a Master Mason.
I will talk more about some of the many appendant bodies in the future.